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As a consultant, you would have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, providing technical and/or strategic advice. One can pursue a consulting career with general management consulting firms, with life sciences-specific boutique firms, or with a Government Contractor. Examples of management consulting firms include McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Bain & Company. Boutique firms include L.E.K. Consulting and Leerink Swann LLC. Government contractors that employ Ph.D. or M.S. scientists include Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, or Tauri Group. Another option would be to start your own business.

Essential skills include: ability to work effectively in a team and communicate clearly with professionals of different backgrounds, analytical and problem solving skills, time management skills; and leadership skills.

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We thank Srinivas Aripirala, Matthew Caples, Shan He, Melissa Vining Stundick, and the Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club for providing the information on this page.

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