Careers in Consulting

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in consulting? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Whenever I go into a bakery I’m overwhelmed by the selection of amazing smelling treats. How could I possibly decide between a snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookie?! I typically end up weighing factors like how expensive they are, how big they are compared to each other, and what I’m feeling more in the mood for at that moment. But my life would be a lot easier if I had a cookie consultant like Cookie Monster to help me make the best decision. On an everyday basis, real consultants tackle much larger issues, but the premise is the same–they help clients make the best decisions in specific areas where their knowledge is deep, and their client’s is not.

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Consulting Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Consultant Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Consultant
  3. Salary and Career Progression in Consulting
  4. Best Locations for Consultants
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Consultant
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Consulting
  7. Consulting Resources
  8. Careers Related to Consulting
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Consulting

What a Consultant Does

A consultant has a wide knowledge of a particular subject and provides expert advice in that specific field to a client or company lacking significant experience in that area. Consultants work in fields like management, technology, law, or graphic design. More specifically a consultant finds solutions to address specific issues in the way they see fit within constraints such as budget and resources agreed with the client.

A Typical Day for a Consultant

During a typical day, a consultant spends a lot of time researching, sharing learnings with their team, and communicating best ideas with clients. A consultant might go through emails first thing in the morning, then spend time discussing with old colleagues about past projects, or completing surveys and questionnaires, or doing client interviews. Later, they might spend time doing a progress report with another client in a meeting–or take a client to lunch. They typically make many calls and hold team meetings trying to reach a consensus about how to address the issues and what their recommendations should be. Another thing consultants tackle is making the data they’ve collected understandable to the client by using Excel or Powerpoint to compile the data.

Salary and Career Progression in Consulting

A consultant tends to make between $50,000-$180,000 per year. In terms of other opportunities down the road you could become a business process consultant ($44,000-$148,000), or a senior professional service consultant ($61,000-$157,000).

Best Locations for Consultants

Here are some hot spots for consultants:

Pros and Cons of Being a Consultant

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What You Need to Know for a Career in Consulting

To be a consultant you should have a college degree in your field of consulting interest or business. Beyond that, you should also possess people skills and determination. To begin with, you might consider presenting yourself as a contract worker (a worker for hire) until you have an established track record and client list. Or if you’re lacking the credibility and experience to do that, aim for a job with a mid-sized company, which should give you experience on a decent range of projects.

Consulting Resources

If consulting still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Careers Related to Consulting


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Consulting





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Kelton - Kelton is an NYC and LA based consulting firm that is “passionate about listening to your customers and translating their stories into innovative solutions.”

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The Culinary Edge - The Culinary Edge is a San Francisco, CA based consulting firm that helps restaurants strengthen their brands, extend their reach, and increase their profitability.

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Community Wealth Ventures - Community Wealth Ventures is a DC based consulting firm that helps “leaders innovate, grow and sustain social change organizations that build a better world.”

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Smart Design - Smart Design is “an award-winning design and innovation consulting firm with offices in New York, San Francisco and Barcelona.”

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BOOST Collaborative - BOOST Collaborative is a San Diego, CA based non-profit that serves organizations that serve "youth in the out-of-school time hours.”

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Urban Science - Urban Science is a Detroit based company that helps auto manufactures manage dealership networks and improve marketing, and they're hiring.

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Zingerman’s - Zingerman's is a deli in Ann Arbor, MI and a whole lot more. They generate nearly $40 million in revenue annually, and they have some awesome looking jobs.

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Offerpop - If you like what Offerpop is doing in social media marketing, you can head over to their Jobs page to learn more about their career opportunities.

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Sapphos Environmental - Sapphos Environmental is a Pasadena, CA based environmental consulting company that specializes in planning, resource management, and environmental compliance.

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Framework:CR - Framework:CR is a Stamford, CT based sustainability consulting firm that is hiring a Junior Analyst. It's the perfect green entry level job.

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Rise Interactive - If you have never considered a career in online marketing before, it’s definitely worth thinking about—and Rise Interactive would be a great place to start.

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Retail Solutions - A lot of what Retail Solutions will seem complex if you don’t already know how retail works, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have entry level positions.

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Altimeter Group - If you’re an early adopter and want to help businesses overcome their fear of technology, then you should take a look at jobs at Altimeter Group.

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Fahrenheit 212 - I’d imagine that most of Fahrenheit 212’s hiring is done above the entry level; however, their job postings seem to be more focused on talent than experience.

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