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Investment analyst

Investment analysts help stock market traders, stockbrokers and fund managers make decisions about investments.

Potential salary

£22,000 to £100,000

Employment by 2024

+3.38%

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • finding new investment opportunities
  • researching the financial performance of your target companies
  • keeping up to date with political and economic developments that may affect the financial markets
  • examining company accounts
  • analysing data
  • producing reports for fund managers and stockbrokers

You could work in an office.

With experience and a good track record, you could become a stockbroker and progress to account manager or fund manager.

You could also become a freelance investment consultant.

You can find out more about becoming an investment analyst from:Finance Conduct Authority; CFA Institute; Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

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