What does a Consultant Programmer do?

Programmer consultants provide a broad range of software and systems programming support and guidance services on a freelance or consultancy basis. They are often enlisted to assist with critical projects or initiatives, particularly those that are high priority or need to be completed on an aggressive implementation schedule. They design, configure, implement, and troubleshoot programs, often after pinpointing the key objectives and core functions that need to be achieved. They may perform programming, coding, debugging, and integration services. They may also provide ongoing support and help guide future planning.

Programmer consultants typically have a bachelor’s degree in a computer science discipline, or an equivalent level of related professional experience. They must have strong programming, coding, and troubleshooting skills, and excellent project management capabilities. Good communication skills are also required.

What responsibilities are common for Consultant Programmer jobs?
  • Research and resolve reported issues related to systems configuration.
  • Direct ongoing systems configuration changes and new configuration requirements.
  • Perform system integration activities, application updates, and user acceptance testing.
  • Interact regularly with business area partners at a manager level, presenting recommendations and statuses.
  • Configure, analyze, research, and resolve system issues at an expert level.
  • Proactively identify and address risks on systems before they become systems issues.
  • Review proposed enhancements to systems and participate in the prioritization and request process.
  • Review and provide input on study budgets and monitor scope of work to actual work, alerting management of potential change orders. manage and execute the change order to completion.
  • Develop SAS programs that support regulatory requests, ISS/ISE analysis, commercial requests, and biostatistical ad-hoc analysis.
  • Provide development status to the team leader or project manager.
  • Advise others of technical/business directions, issues and needs and defines and leads training seminars.
  • Participate in code reviews to ensure compliance with development standards and system/business requirements.
  • Attend and participate in vendor educational sessions and workgroup meetings as determined by the team.
  • Analyze configuration options to design the optimal configuration to ensure quality.
  • Ensure high quality deliverables by providing senior review of study level/program level/multi study core deliveries for accuracy.
What are the typical qualifications for Consultant Programmer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, computer science, engineering or information systems or equivalent experience.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver with sound attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with debugging, scripting, and data manipulation.
  • Fluent in a variety of programs and software.
  • Comfortable with SQL and SQL Server programming.
  • Experienced using CAD software and datasets.
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Consultant Programmer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,848 /yr
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$43K
Median: $64K
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Consultant Programmer Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
33%
2 - 4
34%
5 - 7
1%
8+
32%
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Read what Consultant Programmer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Chatteris Educational FoundationChatteris Educational Foundation
Programmer Manager
Aug 10, 2022

“This includes ongoing training and chances to take additional responsibilities in relation to your career goals and skill set.”

DXC TechnologyDXC Technology
Programmer Director
Oct 20, 2020

“At the time I was at end of career there was a large job reduction programme”

ACI InfotechACI Infotech
Programmer
Nov 5, 2020

“ACI Infotech provided me the good projects which will be very helpful to my career even.”

WebToMedWebToMed
Programmer
Aug 22, 2020

“No much career opportunities in future since it was a pretty small company doing business in a pretty single field.”

IpsosIpsos
Programmer
Jul 30, 2020

“If you guys wanna work life balance the programmer position/ department is not recommended.”

Jumbo InteractiveJumbo Interactive
Programmer
Jan 25, 2021

“Free DELICIOUS lunches everyday and free breakfast every Tuesday and Thursday are one of the best perks I've ever got from a company.”

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments
Programmer
Dec 7, 2021

“Working at was a fine job that was enjoyable but working until 3 am was a pain and the salary was not worth it.”

Massive Entertainment (Sweden)Massive Entertainment (Sweden)
Programmer
Jun 9, 2021

“really strange and obscure career and promotion plan”

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