Crystal, a financial analyst, is responsible for managing federal funding contracts at a university. Her typical day involves analyzing spreadsheets and numbers to determine how much money researchers have left on their project and how they can or cannot spend that money. She was originally an elementary education major, but ended up changing majors when she had to leave school quickly. She tells us that she wishes she would have found a career focus at a younger age because that gives you time to grow in that field.
Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.
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
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