Salary Range
€28k - €83k
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In Brief...

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.


  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.

In Summary - Business Consultant

Career Sectors

Business Consultants typically work in the following Career Sectors:

the Big 4
Accountancy & Taxation
Business Management & Human Resources
Business Management & Human Resources
Business Management
Business Management & Human Resources

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The Work - Business Consultant

Business consultants help businesses and organisations to solve problems, improve efficiency and manage changes to the way they work. Work will involve heloping clients with a wide range of business areas, for example such as planning and strategy, finance, productivity, marketing and IT. 

Projects can vary depending on the type of business, but you may typically:

  • meet clients to discuss what they need
  • carry out research to gain an understanding of the client’s business
  • interview managers, staff and customers
  • collect and analyse data, and prepare reports
  • identify and investigate issues, and plan how to tackle them
  • highlight areas for improvement
  • create computer models to test possible business solutions
  • present recommendations to the client
  • agree a course of action with the client
  • provide ongoing support to the client to put recommendations into place 

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Gather and organize information on problems or procedures.
  • Analyze data gathered and develop solutions or alternative methods of proceeding.
  • Confer with personnel concerned to ensure successful functioning of newly implemented systems or procedures.
  • Develop and implement records management program for filing, protection, and retrieval of records, and assure compliance with program.
  • Review forms and reports and confer with management and users about format, distribution, and purpose, and to identify problems and improvements.
  • Interview personnel and conduct on-site observation to ascertain unit functions, work performed, and methods, equipment, and personnel used.
  • Document findings of study and prepare recommendations for implementation of new systems, procedures, or organizational changes.
  • Prepare manuals and train workers in use of new forms, reports, procedures or equipment, according to organizational policy.
  • Design, evaluate, recommend, and approve changes of forms and reports.
  • Plan study of work problems and procedures, such as organizational change, communications, information flow, integrated production methods, inventory control, or cost analysis.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Interests - Business Consultant

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


  • excellent communication and 'people' skills
  • problem solving ability
  • a high level of numeracy and IT skills
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • confident presentation skills
  • tact and diplomacy
  • a persuasive manner
  • effective written communication skills
  • the flexibility and stamina to work long hours when necessary
  • integrity and the ability to inspire confidence in clients
  • good commercial awareness.

Entry Requirements - Business Consultant

Business Consultants offer particular expertise in their role. A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Business Management, Project Management and Finance is required.

In order to gain membership to the Instutute of Management Consultants and Advisors a post graduate course in business and related dicisplines is required. See list below:

UCD - Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • M. Sc. in Management Consultancy
  • Masters in Business Administration 
  • M. Sc. in Strategic Management & Planning

DCU Business School

  • M. Sc. in E-Commerce
  • M. Sc. in Marketing 
  • M. Sc. in Management (Business) 
  • M. Sc. in Management (Cloud Computing & Commerce)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Digital Marketing)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Innovation & Social Enterprise)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Strategy)

DCU Ryan Academy

  • Business Innovation Programme (Innovation Management)

DIT Graduate School of Business

  • M. Sc. in Strategic Management
  • Experience in Finance, or

  • Experience in Sales and/or Recruitment

Also, many business consultancy roles deem experience of Crystal reports or MS SQL server as very beneficial.

Last Updated: March, 2015

Pay & Salary - Business Consultant

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €28k - €83k

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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Labour Market Updates - Business Consultant

Employment growth was strong for this occupation with demand relating primarily to roles in the IT and financial sectors.

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