Becoming an e-business consultant requires at least a bachelor's degree in business administration, and professionals in this field typically have significant experience with Web-based businesses. They also have excellent communication, project management, and problem-solving skills, and certification is available in this field.
E-business consultants advise Web-based company owners on ways to improve their businesses. These professionals specialize in analyzing, advising and developing solutions for companies that are solely electronic and Internet-based, or for organizations that utilize some form of online technology for business purposes. E-business consultants commonly hold the minimum of bachelor's degrees in business administration or similar disciplines. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the majority of consultants have several years of experience in fields related to Web-based business. Certification for consultants is voluntary, per the BLS, but employers may prefer credentialed applicants.
|Required Education||Bachelor's degree at minimum; master's degrees available|
|Other Requirements||Years of business experience, particularly in related industries|
|Certification||Preferred by some employers|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||Management analyst: +14%*|
|Median Salary (2015)||Management analyst: $81,320*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Job Duties for E-Business Consultants
E-business consultants look at the operational and technological needs of a business, which can include an improved database system or improved Internet or Intranet use. They might help design a software system to improve inventory control or online customer service needs. Depending on their area of expertise, e-business consultants might advise on marketing, advertising or web optimization solutions. Those with a finance or economic background might provide detailed advice on cost effective approaches to improving a business plan.
Job Requirements for E-Business Consultants
E-business consultants should hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in business administration. Many undergraduate business administration degree programs now include e-commerce or e-business courses within the curriculum. Master of Business Administration and Master of Science programs exist that offer a concentration in e-business or e-commerce.
Aspiring e-business consultants might be able to use internships to gain a level of expertise in consulting services. In general, consultants must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills. They should possess the ability to see the big picture while paying attention to details. Overall project management is another important skill for e-business consultants to have.
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
The BLS doesn't provide information specific to e-business consultants. However, it did report that management analysts - also known as management consultants - earned median salaries of $81,320 as of May 2015. The number of employed management analysts was projected to grow 14% between 2014 and 2024, according to the BLS, which is a much faster-than-average rate. During this time, an increased push for efficiency and international expansion among businesses should drive employment growth.
An e-business consultant can advise in a number of areas, including advertising, web optimization solutions, business planning or marketing. They need to hold at least a bachelor's degree, and internships can provide opportunities to gain consulting experience. Job opportunities for management analysts, including e-business consultants, are expected to grow 14% through the year 2024.