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Key Jobs (Positions) in IT Consulting Part (2)

Analyst/Business Analyst/Systems Analyst/Programmer Analyst/Research Associate/Staff Consultant/Associate Consultant

This is the position at the bottom of the professional pyramid. The vast bulk of analysts are young, talented, hungry, relatively recent college graduates. Many strategy consulting firms structure this position to last for two to three years, after which the analyst is expected to move on—perhaps to graduate school or another employer.

In IT specialty firms, some analysts do attend graduate school after a few years, but it’s more common to progress up the management ladder without leaving the firm for an advanced degree. The work itself—as well as the hours—can be quite demanding at the analyst level. It often includes field research, data analysis, customer and competitor interviews, client meetings, and heavyduty programming.

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