Financial Analysts conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions. May be responsbile for informing investment decisions by analyzing financial information to forecast business, industry, or economic conditions or recommending investments and investment timing to companies, investment firm staff, or the public.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Financial Analysts usually requires a four-year bachelor’s degree, but some only require associates degree or specialized certification.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to analyze business or financial data.
- You like to apply mathematical models of financial or business conditions.
- You like to develop develop financial or business plans.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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