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IT Consultant

by Staff Reporter
If technology and computer systems set your antennas abuzz, then a career as an IT consultant may be just the thing for you.

Career Overview

An IT consultant provides technical services to computer system users. You will provide assistance concerning software, hardware, printing, installations, word processing, email and operating systems.  In this profession, you are highly regarded and depended on according to your expertise in infromation technology.

Required School Subjects

You will need to have taken the following subjects at high school:

  • Pure Maths (matric level)
  • Physical Science (matric level)

Recommended subjects:

  • IT

Institution and APS

The following institutions are highly recommended for studies in the arts:

  • Stellenbosch University – APS of 35+
  • University of Cape Town (UCT) – APS of 38
  • University of Witwatersrand (Wits) – APS of 40+

Required Qualification/s

In order to qualify as an IT consultant, you will need to have a formal qualification:

  • BSc degree in Computer Sciences

Required Skills

You will need to have the following skills to succeed as an IT consultant:

  • problem-solving skills
  • active listening
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • an aptitude for maths and science
  • ability to think critically
  • an interest in software design and development

Where you can work

There is a range of environments that you could find yourself in as IT consultants are demanded in a variety of industries.  Some of these places of work include:

  • big private companies that supply computers
  • government departments – universities and universities of technology
  • provincial administrations
  • computer bureaus e.g. Spoornet, Telkom, Denel
  • medium or small businesses using computer systems and networks
  • software houses
  • self-employed: consultant

Working Hours

Your working hours will depend on the environment you work in and the problem you have to solve.  Some technical issues will naturally take longer to resolve than others so this could govern the amount of time you spend at work.

Expected Salary

The amount an IT consultant earns can range from R35 000 per month all the way up to R50 000 per month. If you branch into software engineering, your salary can skyrocket to R120 000 per month.

What to expect

Here are a few things you can expect from a career as an IT consultant:

  • possible long hours spent on solving difficult problems (as well as the reward of actually reolving the issue)
  • having to stay on top of the latest software developments – perhaps further study will be needed
  • constantly in demand 

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