Technology consultants work on-site with the client (businesses of all sizes across various industries) to establish the IT strategy and frameworks that best complement the business aims and allow them to achieve what they need to with technology in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.
The technology consulting remit
Technology consultants don’t just have exceptional technological know-how; they also have in-depth commercial awareness of their clients’ industries in order to tailor their advice according to any industries developments and to ensure they will be competitive in their market. Clients also need to know that their technology will be able to cope with any sudden dramatic changes; the technology consultants help to devise the appropriate strategies for this.
How do I become a technology consultant?
The main employers in this area are specialist information technology consultancies or a professional services firm, and if you choose to follow this career path you could look to earn an average salary of around £40,000 once qualified with experience; though some positions could bring in considerably more!
It’s probably not a shock that a computer science or computer forensics degree are the most common qualification you need in order to gain access to this industry. Science degrees may also be accepted in some cases.
As a rule, consulting as a whole is a very competitive industry to get started in, so it’s very important to earn at least at 2.1 degree and gather technology experience in the business sector, perhaps as a year in industry, to show that you’ve already got a feel for the industry and some knowledge to get you ahead of the game.