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Career Details :: Financial Analysts
Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
- Analyzes financial information to forecast business, industry, and economic conditions, for use in making investment decisions.
- Recommends investment timing and buy-and-sell orders to company or to staff of investment establishment.
- Draws charts and graphs to illustrate reports, using computer.
- Calls brokers and purchases investments for company, according to company policy.
- Gathers information such as industry, regulatory, and economic information, company financial statements, financial periodicals, and newspapers.
- Interprets data concerning price, yield, stability, and future trends in investment risks and economic influences pertinent to investments.
- Credit Analysts
- Personal Financial Advisors
- Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
General Work Activities
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Provide Consultation & Advice to Others
- Updating & Using Job-Relevant Knowledge
- Reading Comprehension
- Information Gathering
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Critical Thinking
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Degree of Automation
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Job-Required Social Interaction