Before an individual takes up a career, they go about investigating into the best careers to choose from that suit them best. After intensive research, they are often left confused in the end as to what to choose which often ends up in either under-employment or unemployment. There are a number of industries to choose from that can help build one’s career. These streams of industries are differ from each other but all of them have one thing in common; “better ways to improve business.”
With regard to this, Consultation proves to be the most sought after and fool-proof method in improvising a business. There are various ways and methods that can be followed to do so. But there are also many fields where consultation has a lot of demand.
Computer and Information Systems
If anybody wonders where to find job growth in the future, then they need not look any further than IT - especially in the field of computer software engineering. The industry is expecting growth of 32 percent by 2018, much of which is likely to be in consulting. If a candidate is already experienced in this industry and want to consult, then they should look at specializing in areas like cyber security, networking, troubleshooting, banking and finance. If one is looking for a new career, this industry may be a good place to start: many consulting jobs require just certification and the skills to do the job.
Often seen as a soft sector when it comes to jobs, human resources is the place to be for consultants - overall job growth in this industry is expected to increase at 22 percent by 2018, according to the BLS. Looking out for consulting positions within a corporate structure, advising on ways to improve anything from hiring policies to record keeping, has a great future pertaining to this industry. With a more fluid job market, a consultant will also find good HR consulting opportunities in recruitment services (like temp services) or headhunting. An undergraduate degree is expected to be successful in HR consulting.
It is not easy to run a corporation, which is why jobs in management will see a growth of about 24 percent by 2018. Management consultants comprise the largest part of the consulting industry in general but the competition is expected to be stiff in this sector. To be successful as a management consultant, a graduate degree (like an MBA) and a good sense of sales and marketing are the key.
Environmental and Conservation
Energy is a hot commodity and so are jobs in the field of conservation of the environment. Growth in this sector is expected at 28 percent by 2018. A large portion of work is in the government sector, but consulting jobs will increase in the private sector as regulation and cost savings will force corporations to improve waste management and other practices that have an environmental impact. Consulting makes up 21 percent of the environmental engineering sector - a great place to be if this is an individual’s niche.
If one knows their way around financial statements, consulting is a great career move. With increased regulation, accountants and auditors will be in high demand; the industry as a whole is projected to grow by 22 percent by 2018. For increased success as a consultant, one must consider specializing in forensic accounting, accounting software or international finance law, and continuing their education to a Masters degree. CPA licensing is a plus.
Sales, Marketing and Public Relations
If one has a nose for sales or marketing, then Consulting may be for them – though they can expect the competition to be fierce in all sales and marketing consulting branches. The overall industry is projected to grow steadily at 13 percent by 2018. For success as a consultant, looking at specializing in areas like international business or internet marketing utilization holds good.
This was just the tip of the consulting iceberg. With corporate outsourcing and cost cutting measures being made across the board, it is found that old jobs are now being performed by consultants. If one is unsure about consulting as a career path, then looking for new career paths in consulting, like as a personal trainer, image consultant, or graphic designer proves beneficial.
Consultants make on average 50 percent more than their employee counterparts. If connections are used, then planning a consulting business carefully and taking the leap may find a blazing great, profitable new career path.