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Budget Analysts

Also called: Budget Analyst, Budget and Policy Analyst, Budget Officer, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: CWO - Supply Corps; LDO - Supply Corps; Operations Management; SC - Supply Corps Officer

What they do:
Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.
On the job, you would:
  • Direct the preparation of regular and special budget reports.
  • Analyze monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.


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


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • 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


  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Lilly Software Associates VISUAL Enterprise
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
Financial analysis software
  • Budget monitoring systems
  • Microsoft FRx
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • On line analytical processing OLAP software


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

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