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Financial Analysts

Also called: Analyst, Financial Analyst, Investment Analyst, Securities Analyst

What they do:
Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.
On the job, you would:
  • Inform investment decisions by analyzing financial information to forecast business, industry, or economic conditions.
  • Prepare plans of action for investment, using financial analyses.
  • Evaluate and compare the relative quality of various securities in a given industry.

Knowledge

Business
  • accounting and economics
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Financial analysis software
  • Delphi software Hot Technology
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Hot Technology
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$80,310
per year, on average
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