Career Path: Consulting

“The combination of curiosity about every subject’s background and the willingness to take on challenges that Beloit has instilled in me helped pave the way to my Finance and Consulting career pathway.” - Karla Figueroa’12


A consulting career is a common path for business and econ graduates, and economic consulting is a particularly promising career choice for our top international students. A consultant is responsible for providing industry expertise to corporations and individuals. Their duties include researching their client and their client’s position within an industry, meeting with company executives or professionals to make suggestions and develop improvement plans based on their needs and maintaining a professional relationship with their clients over time. 

Facts & Figures

Figures taken from GlassDoor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Number of Jobs in 2020: 907,600
  • Job outlook: 14% (2020-2030)
  • Starting salary: $66,471/yr
  • Mid-career salary: $91,132/yr
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Soft Skills

  • Beloit College’s Integrated Learning Outcomes are essential (creative problem solving, effective communication, productive collaboration)
  • Analytical and quantitative skills are also important
  • Strong work ethic; adaptable to fast-paced work environment
  • Charismatic, sociable, and active listening (to work well with clients)

Technical Skills & Credentials

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics or a related field is encouraged, but not required.
  • Master degree recommended

How to Get Started

  1. Talk with your advisor and/or one of Economics & Business faculty, such as:
  2. Take Beloit College courses in that help you build strong quantitative and analytical skills, and communication skills
  3. Also recommended are two special courses:
    • The Arts of Leading
    • Navigating Your Business Career
  4. Connect with Beloit Alumni in consulting careers.
  5. Visit Career Works.

Alumni Stories

Proud of you, Saad!

Channeling the liberal arts into finance & consulting

Saad Ahsan’21 brings a holistic approach to the finance and energy sector, blending the foundations of his liberal art education with relentless energy. From leading Beloit Student Government and representing students on the Board of Trustees to working with public policy experts and economists as a research associate, Saad has proved his leadership and 

Sahil Rizal’11 at a frozen lake, with ice fishers in the background.

Eye Opening, Fruitful Education

During his college search, Sahil Rizal’22 prioritized intellectual challenge and a small campus where it would be easy to meet people. Beloit not only fit these criteria, but gave him multiple opportunities to gain career-readiness skills.


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