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SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST: Love What You Do On A Daily Basis

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Miwuna, a financial analyst, spends her typical day managing funding for a university from federal grants and foundations. She studied accounting and got her first job in accounting at a university research office, which is where she transitioned to research administration. She tells us it's important to follow your dreams because you have to love what you do on a daily basis.

Degree: Systems Administration - Accounting
Job Title: Senior Financial Analyst & Research Administrator
Employer: George Washington University

Job Summary: Financial Analysts

Job Description

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

On-the-Job Training

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Certification is often recommended by employers and can improve the chances for advancement. An example is the Chartered Financial Analyst certification from the CFA Institute, which financial analysts can get if they have a bachelor's degree, 4 years of experience, and pass three exams. Financial analysts can also become certified in their field of specialt

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Chartered Financial Analyst.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Home, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills
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