Financial and Investment Analysts
13-2051.00

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

Conduct quantitative analyses of information involving investment programs or financial data of public or private institutions, including valuation of businesses.

Sample of reported job titles: Analyst, Credit Products Officer, Equity Research Analyst, Financial Analyst, Investment Analyst, Planning Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Real Estate Analyst, Securities Analyst, Trust Officer

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

  • Advise clients on aspects of capitalization, such as amounts, sources, or timing.
  • Analyze financial or operational performance of companies facing financial difficulties to identify or recommend remedies.
  • Assess companies as investments for clients by examining company facilities.
  • Collaborate on projects with other professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, or public relations experts.
  • Collaborate with investment bankers to attract new corporate clients.
  • Conduct financial analyses related to investments in green construction or green retrofitting projects.
  • Confer with clients to restructure debt, refinance debt, or raise new debt.
  • Create client presentations of plan details.
  • Determine the prices at which securities should be syndicated and offered to the public.
  • Develop and maintain client relationships.
  • Draw charts and graphs, using computer spreadsheets, to illustrate technical reports.
  • Employ financial models to develop solutions to financial problems or to assess the financial or capital impact of transactions.
  • Evaluate and compare the relative quality of various securities in a given industry.
  • Evaluate capital needs of clients and assess market conditions to inform structuring of financial packages.
  • Inform investment decisions by analyzing financial information to forecast business, industry, or economic conditions.
  • Interpret data on price, yield, stability, future investment-risk trends, economic influences, and other factors affecting investment programs.
  • Monitor developments in the fields of industrial technology, business, finance, and economic theory.
  • Monitor fundamental economic, industrial, and corporate developments by analyzing information from financial publications and services, investment banking firms, government agencies, trade publications, company sources, or personal interviews.
  • Perform securities valuation or pricing.
  • Prepare all materials for transactions or execution of deals.
  • Prepare plans of action for investment, using financial analyses.
  • Present oral or written reports on general economic trends, individual corporations, and entire industries.
  • Purchase investments for companies in accordance with company policy.
  • Recommend investments and investment timing to companies, investment firm staff, or the public.
  • Specialize in green financial instruments, such as socially responsible mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETF) that are comprised of green companies.
  • Supervise, train, or mentor junior team members.

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Technology Skills

  • Accounting software — Fund accounting software; Intuit QuickBooks Hot technology ; Sage 50 Accounting; Tax software
  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; SAS statistical software; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology ; Ward Systems Group NeuralShell Predictor; 14 more
  • Business intelligence and data analysis software — IBM Cognos Impromptu Hot technology ; MicroStrategy Hot technology ; Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Hot technology ; Qlik Tech QlikView Hot technology ; 1 more
  • Charting software — Montgomery Investment Technology Utility XL; TickQuest NeoTicker
  • Cloud-based data access and sharing software — Microsoft SharePoint Hot technology
  • Configuration management software — Perforce Helix software
  • Customer relationship management CRM software — Salesforce software Hot technology
  • Data base management system software — Apache Hive Hot technology ; Apache Pig Hot technology ; Teradata Database Hot technology
  • Data base reporting software — Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services SSRS; SAP Crystal Reports Hot technology
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft SQL Server Hot technology ; Oracle software Hot technology ; Structured query language SQL Hot technology ; Yardi software Hot technology ; 3 more
  • Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA Hot technology
  • Document management software — Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Exchange Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Microsoft Dynamics GP Hot technology ; NetSuite ERP Hot technology ; Oracle Hyperion Hot technology ; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot technology ; 8 more
  • Enterprise system management software — IBM Power Systems software
  • Expert system software — Ivorix Neurostrategy Finance; Matheny Pattern Forecaster Plus; NeuroSolutions for MatLab
  • Financial analysis software — Delphi Technology; Moody's RiskCalc; Oracle E-Business Suite Financials; Wolfram Research Mathematica UnRisk Pricing Engine; 76 more
  • Human resources software — ADP Workforce Now Hot technology ; Human resource management software HRMS
  • Information retrieval or search software — dailyVest Investment Personalization Platform; LexisNexis; TradeTools Monthly U.S. Economic Database; Ward Systems Group NeuroShell Trader; 1 more
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Object or component oriented development software — R Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology
  • Presentation software — Apple Keynote; DealMaven PresLink for PowerPoint and Word; Google Slides; Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Hot technology
  • Sales and marketing software — Marketo Marketing Automation Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Apple AppleWorks; Corel QuattroPro; IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Google Docs Hot technology ; Microsoft OneNote; Microsoft Word Hot technology ; Report generation software
Hot technology Hot Technologies are requirements frequently included in employer job postings.

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Occupational Requirements

Detailed Work Activities

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Title
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range
2-4 years of preparation (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Training & Credentials

State training
Local training
Certifications
Apprenticeships
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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Employment data for Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other.
Industry data for Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other.
Median wages (2021)
$44.03 hourly, $91,580 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2020)
492,100 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030)
Average (5% to 10%)
Projected job openings (2020-2030)
41,000
State trends
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site . “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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