An estimated 20% of Americans are seeking a consulting role in the next five years, according to a recent survey from consulting firm G.P.S. The survey of more than 800 people, by research firm Ipsos Public Affairs, found that 25% of people surveyed have an internship or job offer, with about two-thirds of respondents considering it.
One in five of the respondents said they had applied for a job with a consulting firm, while more than half said they were in the process of doing so.
The most common reasons cited for seeking a job at a consulting company are: needing a salary increase or a promotion; need to expand the company; or need to increase the company’s presence in the marketplace.
Some of the most common consulting roles include: salesperson/marketing/market-building; market research; technical/data analyst; product management; marketing director; public relations; social media strategist; digital strategist; and research analyst.
A few of the more common consulting opportunities include: market research, product management, social media, marketing director, public relations, and research.
The number of people who say they are applying for a consulting gig has risen in the past year, with a majority of those surveyed saying they have applied for work.
While most people are focused on a new job or job opportunity, some are taking a look at new consulting roles to supplement their work with the traditional workforce.
About 60% of those interviewed said they are looking to expand their work to more of the global market, and the same percentage said they would consider a position as a consultant in the U.S., the poll found.
“The trend in job opportunities and consulting opportunities is a little bit more than the job market is looking for, which is a good thing,” said G.J. Sullivan, chief executive of Ipsos Research Group, which conducted the poll.
The consulting industry has experienced a boom in the last decade as people have sought out to be more proactive in their career planning, said Jim Sperling, president of G.G. Sullivan & Co. in New York.
“There’s a lot of opportunity for a lot more of those people, who may not be necessarily looking for a new career or consulting job,” he said.
“We have an incredible opportunity to create more opportunities for the workforce.”