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SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: Your Knowledge Level Always Has To Be Updated

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Miwuna, a financial analyst, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She tells us that George Washington University, where she currently works, really supports work-life balance by offering telecommuting opportunities, flexible schedules, and professional development, all of which attracted her to this job.

Degree: Accounting - Systems Administration
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

None

Additional Info

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
Office, Outdoor, Indoor, Military, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

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m='10590'>to</span> <span m='10710'>date</span> <span m='10920'>with</span> <span m='11460'>compliance</span> <span m='12080'>issues,</span> <span m='12680'>federal</span> <span m='12990'>regulations;</span> <span m='14265'>so</span> <span m='14690'>your</span> <span m='15220'>knowledge</span> <span m='15530'>level</span> <span m='15980'>always</span> <span m='16350'>has</span> <span m='16610'>to</span> <span m='16690'>be</span> <span m='16930'>updated</span> <span m='18020'>with</span> <span m='18350'>what's</span> <span m='18680'>really</span> <span m='18910'>going</span> <span m='19230'>on.</span> <span m='19950'>So</span> <span m='21860'>you're</span> <span m='22000'>not</span> <span m='22170'>only</span> <span m='22360'>doing</span> <span m='22560'>the</span> <span m='22650'>work,</span> <span m='23020'>you're</span> <span m='23150'>also</span> <span m='23600'>educating</span> <span m='24080'>yourself</span> <span m='24540'>and</span> <span m='24700'>learning</span> <span m='25500'>as</span> <span m='25700'>you</span> <span m='25790'>go.</span> <span m='26380'>And</span> <span m='26480'>that's the</span> <span m='26780'>exciting</span> <span m='27240'>part.</span> </p><p><span m='27840'>The</span> <span m='28140'>challenging</span> <span m='28700'>part</span> <span m='28970'>of</span> <span m='29070'>the</span> <span m='29520'>work</span> <span m='29800'>is</span> <span m='30030'>really</span> <span m='31260'>balancing</span> <span m='32100'>between</span> <span m='32990'>what</span> <span m='33350'>your</span> <span m='34180'>institution</span> <span m='35010'>need</span> <span m='35350'>is</span> <span m='35690'>versus</span> <span m='36080'>what</span> <span m='36420'>the</span> <span m='36560'>federal</span> <span m='36860'>government</span> <span m='37310'>or</span> <span m='37540'>other</span> <span m='37780'>foundation</span> <span m='38440'>need</span> <span m='38620'>is.</span> <span m='38950'>Balancing</span> <span m='39510'>that</span> <span m='39860'>could</span> <span m='40000'>be</span> <span m='40150'>a</span> <span m='40210'>little bit</span> <span m='40510'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='41920'>So</span> <span m='42070'>is it</span> <span m='42240'>really</span> <span m='42480'>hard</span> <span m='42760'>to</span> <span m='42870'>get</span> <span m='43500'>this</span> <span m='43970'>job</span> <span m='44830'>in</span> <span m='44970'>the</span> <span m='45060'>field?</span> <span m='45930'>The</span> <span m='46160'>answer</span> <span m='46550'>is</span> <span m='46740'>really,</span> <span m='47340'>no.</span> <span m='47960'>The starting</span> <span m='48330'>point</span> <span m='48600'>might</span> <span m='48830'>be</span> <span m='48950'>a</span> <span m='49000'>little</span> <span m='49160'>bit</span> <span m='49340'>challenging.</span> <span m='50770'>But</span> <span m='50970'>once</span> <span m='51340'>you</span> <span m='51410'>start</span> <span m='51820'>off</span> <span m='52550'>and</span> 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