Financial specialists earn the trust of their customers and employers by puzzling out complex financial questions and providing sound advice. These specialists strive to ensure the profitability of investments, focusing on different aspects of financial security. Financial quantitative analysts use advanced statistical techniques to develop financial analytic models. They provide guidance to determine values for investments, and help companies make better recommendations for investors. Risk management specialists identify the risks of potential investments for an organization, and assist in deciding how to manage risk most effectively. They also advise companies on the advantages of different ownership structures, customer bases, and industry segments. Investment underwriters advise clients on how to finance their businesses, and arrange financing with banks, agencies, and public or private companies. They also develop strategies to help struggling companies recover. Fraud examiners, investigators, and analysts seek evidence to prove, or disprove, fraud allegations. They interview suspects and witnesses, and analyze financial data to identify irregularities that could indicate fraudulent activity. They often coordinate with law enforcement and attorneys, and may also testify in court. Financial specialist positions generally require a related bachelor’s degree, although most quantitative analyst positions require a master's degree. Some positions may not require a college degree.
What they do:
Obtain evidence, take statements, produce reports, and testify to findings regarding resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.
On the job, you would:
Document all investigative activities.
Prepare written reports of investigation findings.
Analyze financial data to detect irregularities in areas such as billing trends, financial relationships, and regulatory compliance procedures.
Safety and Government
law and government
Arts and Humanities
accounting and economics
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
writing things for co-workers or customers
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
changing what is done based on other people's actions
understanding people's reactions
read and understand what is written
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Business intelligence and data analysis software
Guardian Analytics FraudMAP
Enterprise system management software
ArcSight Enterprise Threat and Risk Management
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed