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Financial Analysts

Financial Analysts
Quick Facts : Financial Analysts*
2010 Median Pay$74,350
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012236,000
Job Outlook23% (Faster than average)
Employment Change54,200

Financial analysts offer guidance to businesses and individuals in their investment decisions. They look at how their stocks, bonds, and other types of investments are performing and provide expert advice. They typically work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. They are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

What Financial Analysts Do

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company's prospects and management
  • Meet with investors to explain recommendations

Work Environment

Financial analysts work in offices. Most work full time, and many work more than 40 hours per week. 
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Job Outlook

Employment of financial analysts is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, due to the growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions.
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In May 2010, the average salary of financial analysts was $74,350.
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Becoming a Financial Analysts

Many positions require a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as accounting, business administration, economics, finance, or statistics. Employers often require a master's in business administration (MBA) or a master's degree in finance. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management are important.
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