Data consultants, also known as system consultants, work in a wide range of fields including computing, business, industrial areas, retail, and others in which data of all different types must be analyzed. This is necessary to inspect operating processes and information technology (IT) systems to ensure the business is operating at optimum levels with ideal processes and functionality to best meet their clients' needs.
In most cases, data consultants work in an office for a corporation, though they may occasionally visit a particular job site or corporate location to perform their duties. Those who work for outside consultants rather than a particular corporation may travel regularly to clients' locations to discuss their needs and the results of their data findings. Regardless of where they perform their duties, data consultants must be thoroughly familiar with the types of data with which they work and how they apply to real-world scenarios.
Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential in this position to work with people face-to-face, over the phone, and via regular written reports. Strong data analysis skills are also important, and data consultants must always stay up-to-date with new developments and changes within the industry, as well as all legal regulations which apply.
A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology (IT) management, or a related field is generally required for this position, and many also have practical on-the-job experience which helps them to become consultants while working toward a bachelor’s degree.
Data Consultant Tasks
Examine data, processes and technologies to evaluate current state and critical problems.
Research and make recommendations about training, equipment and technology to improve data use.
Create automated data reports to inform business units, including documentation.
Train and mentor teams in data input, use, meaning and analysis.