Information technology consultants advise on, plan, design and install information technology systems for their clients.
What does an information technology consultant do?
IT consultants, also known as technology consultants, are contracted to work with industrial and commercial clients who are seeking help and advice about business and IT problems.
A typical project involves:
- consulting staff from different parts of a client’s organization
- analyzing an organization’s data
- determining information system requirements and defining project objectives
- making recommendations, such as suggesting appropriate hardware, software and systems
- designing, installing and trialling new systems and software, and fixing any issues that arise
- compiling and presenting information
- writing reports and documentation
- repairing computer problems and removing viruses
- training users
- responding to feedback.
A flexible attitude to working patterns is helpful as travel and periods of working away from home are to be expected.
- Meticulous approach to work
- Attention to detail
- Capable of meeting high standards
- Good problem-solving skills
- Analytical and technical skills
- Effective time management skills to meet deadlines
- The ability to work under pressure
- The ability to multi-task
- Interpersonal and communication skills when dealing with clients