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Vol. 55, Number 1
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Consulting careers: A profile of three occupations



—NUTSHELL:
It’s good advice to pursue a career in giving good advice. Explore three occupations in the fast-growing management, scientific, and technical consulting industry.


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Choosing an industry in which to work is often as important as choosing an occupation. And over the next several years, the best advice for some workers may be to choose an industry that sells advice: consulting.

The management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry comprises businesses that offer specialized advice to other businesses. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in this industry is expected to grow by 83 percent—representing a gain of more than 800,000 jobs—over the 2008–18 decade. And even during the recent recession, this industry has proven resilient, recovering nearly all of the jobs it lost in the downturn.

This article highlights three occupations in the consulting services industry: management analyst, market research analyst, and environmental scientist and specialist. Keep reading to learn more about these workers.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2011