The Growing Need for Engineers in Management Consulting
Long seen as the domain of professionals with finance and business backgrounds, management consulting is increasingly becoming reliant on people with other specialized skills. As consulting services continue to widen the spectrum of industries and projects they service, demand for agility and the ability to quickly adapt and learn grows congruently.
Those who went to school for, or started careers in, engineering are now in high demand in consulting services – a pattern that’s likely to escalate as the business world becomes increasingly complex. Engineers have a number of transferrable skills – analytics, design, innovation, organization, and problem solving – that are highly prized in the growing breadth of management consulting.
Biomedical Engineers Turned Consultants
Biomedical engineering advances knowledge in biology and medicine, and strives to improve health services through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate engineering and biomedical sciences with clinical practice. The profession seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine. With expertise in physiology, biology, healthcare, health informatics, and mechanics, biomedical engineers utilize their diverse skills to seek innovative solutions to ever-growing global health issues, to help change how patients are treated, and to lower the cost of healthcare.
In a consulting industry that’s increasingly moving towards offering tangible solutions, biomedical engineers-turned-consultants capitalize on their practical engineering skills and pragmatic problem-solving approach to be able to successfully lead the implementation of such solutions.
Positioned for Current and Future Waves in Management Consulting
Management consulting is increasingly shifting towards becoming more practical. Its clients are continuing to grow more sophisticated, and project areas are getting more and more focused on solving very specific problems. Consulting firms see a growing need to explore different angles and options to find the best solution for each client, and this is where the skills and expertise of consultants with engineering backgrounds becomes invaluable.
At the same time, the healthcare industry is facing an increasingly complex set of challenges – pricing pressures, healthcare reform, and an often-complex route to the ultimate point of care. For the many healthcare organizations who lack internal resources to effectively address these issues, the best solution is to hire a healthcare consulting firm with a deep knowledge of the industry, an understand of its very unique challenges, and the ability to implement and deliver sustainable results within those constraints.
At Trindent Consulting, our healthcare industry practice has the resources to effectively address the shifting complexities of the industry. Our consultants – with deep healthcare industry knowledge and strong engineering, finance and business backgrounds – work directly with client executives and their teams to get to the root of the problem, and to design and implement the most effective to help organizations stay ahead of industry shifts.
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The author of this blog, Megan Webb is a consultant at Trindent.