Is Consulting a Career Path for You?

September 30, 2010 by Rose Cook

With a 9.6% national unemployment rate that doesn’t seem to budge, I’m approached often and asked whether “consulting” is a viable career path.

First of all, kudos to those of you who are being creative and flexible by thinking about alternatives to the traditional career.

If you are in a typical corporate workplace, take a look around and conduct your own informal survey.  How many of the people working on projects with you are hired directly by the company as employees?  How many come from another “service provider”?  How many are consultants?  The results may surprise you.

However, they don’t surprise me anymore.
And, for those of you who prefer data over opinions, read below…
In the “Career Guide to Industries, 2010-2011” published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), they point out the following significant points about the “Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services” industry:
  • This industry is projected to be the fastest growing, with employment increasing 83 percent over the 2008-18 period, and is one of the highest paying.
  • Job competition will remain keen; the most educated and experienced workers will have the best job prospects.
  • About 73 percent of workers have a bachelor’s or higher degree; 62 percent of all jobs are in managerial, business, financial, and professional occupations.


Why the significant expected growth?
According to BLS…
“Management, scientific, and technical consulting has grown rapidly over the past several decades, with businesses increasingly using consulting services. Hiring consultants is advantageous because these experts are experienced, are well trained, and keep abreast of the latest technologies, government regulations, and management and production techniques. In addition, consultants are cost effective, because they can be hired temporarily and can perform their duties objectively, free of the influence of company politics.”
To access the full publication from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, click here.
At FlexPro, we’re seeing these growth trends playing out right before our very eyes.  You can choose to deny them, ignore them,…OR embrace them.
Is consulting a career path for you?
If you are interested in a consulting career, but not quite sure how to get started, give us a call or drop us an email.
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