What's it like to be an IT Consultant?
Information Technology (IT) Consultants are technology strategists who help organisations improve their use of computer systems. They analyse an organisation’s technological requirements, limitations and current capabilities to develop IT strategies that support business goals.
Tasks and duties
- Liaising with project stakeholders to determine IT requirements.
- Analysing existing capabilities to identify potential issues and areas for improvement.
- Working closely with senior IT professionals to develop new systems, strategies and policies.
- Overseeing successful implementation of new technologies and systems.
- Overhauling current IT processes to increase efficiency.
- Providing consultation on new technology strategies and implementations.
- Developing user training documentation and conducting training sessions.
- Creating models to illustrate system specifications for design and development.
- Using project management methodologies and techniques to scope, develop and manage projects.
Information Technology Consultants have expert IT knowledge combined with good communication skills and business acumen. They work in the IT department of technology–driven organisations in a range of industries, for IT consultancies or may work freelance servicing a list of clients.
What can I earn as an IT Consultant?
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How to become an IT Consultant
- Complete a bachelor degree majoring in Information Technology. This is usually a three–year course of study.
- Consider completing postgraduate study such as the Master of Information Technology. This is usually a two–year course of study.
- Join the Australian Computer Society (ACS) while studying.
- Upon graduation, attain your ACS certification and undergo ongoing CPD.
- Develop your expertise in a hands–on IT role such as System Administrator or IT Manager.
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