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FINANCIAL ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: Work Somewhere Where You Agree With The Mission

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Crystal, a financial analyst, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Though she works on the financial side, she loves that she is contributing to the science and research being done. She tells us that it doesn't matter what you do as long as you agree with the mission where you work.

Job Title: Financial Analyst
Employer: University of Maryland

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
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$45,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
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20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
Typical workplace
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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='10080'>comes</span> <span m='10530'>in the door.</span> <span m='10720'>And I</span> <span m='10910'>actually</span> <span m='11260'>help</span> <span m='11500'>to bring</span> <span m='11890'>the</span> <span m='11960'>money</span> <span m='12190'>in</span> <span m='12270'>the</span> <span m='12360'>door,</span> <span m='12860'>and</span> <span m='12980'>without</span> <span m='13340'>that</span> <span m='13650'>then,</span> <span m='14150'>my</span> <span m='14290'>center</span> <span m='14620'>would</span> <span m='14780'>not</span> <span m='14950'>be</span> <span m='15070'>able</span> <span m='15180'>to</span> <span m='15240'>do</span> <span m='15440'>the</span> <span m='15530'>great</span> <span m='15720'>work</span> <span m='16070'>that they</span> <span m='16210'>do.</span> <span m='16490'>So</span> <span m='17370'>no</span> <span m='17660'>matter</span> <span m='17900'>what</span> <span m='18100'>you</span> <span m='18240'>do,</span> <span m='18430'>as</span> <span m='18560'>long</span> <span m='18720'>as</span> <span m='18790'>you</span> <span m='18940'>work</span> <span m='19180'>somewhere</span> <span m='19580'>where</span> <span m='20110'>you</span> <span m='20290'>agree</span> <span m='20450'>with</span> <span m='20550'>the</span> <span m='20690'>mission</span> <span m='20990'>and you</span> <span m='21290'>support</span> <span m='21615'>it,</span> <span m='22420'>it</span> <span m='22580'>doesn't</span> <span m='22620'>matter</span> <span m='22830'>what</span> <span m='23160'>level you</span> <span m='23400'>work</span> <span m='23670'>on.</span> <span m='23890'>But</span> <span m='24050'>I</span> <span m='24140'>just</span> <span m='24380'>love</span> <span m='24610'>that</span> <span m='24790'>I</span> <span m='24860'>can</span> <span m='25040'>contribute</span> <span m='25480'>in</span> <span m='25570'>that</span> <span m='25790'>fashion.</span> </p><p><span m='26660'>What</span> <span m='27130'>I</span> <span m='27200'>like</span> <span m='27860'>least</span> <span m='28130'>about</span> <span m='28290'>my</span> <span m='28400'>job?</span> <span m='30300'>I</span> <span m='30565'>guess I</span> <span m='30830'>would</span> <span m='31050'>say</span> <span m='31320'>I'm</span> <span m='31520'>very</span> <span m='31750'>busy.</span> <span m='33280'>I'm</span> <span m='33440'>always</span> <span m='34200'>on</span> <span m='34470'>the</span> <span m='34550'>go.</span> <span m='35050'>There's</span> <span m='35270'>always</span> <span m='35510'>something</span> <span m='35800'>to</span> <span m='35900'>do,</span> <span m='36160'>which</span> <span m='36340'>is</span> <span m='36510'>great--</span> <span m='36750'>I</span> <span m='36890'>thrive off</span> <span m='37240'>of the</span> <span m='37500'>energy.</span> <span m='38040'>But</span> <span m='38320'>at</span> <span m='38410'>the</span> <span m='38490'>same</span> <span m='38720'>time,</span> <span m='39000'>I</span> <span m='39060'>wish</span> <span m='39970'>there</span> <span m='40060'>were</span> <span m='40180'>more</span> <span m='40370'>time</span> <span m='40650'>for</span> <span m='40780'>planning</span> <span m='41140'>things</span> <span m='41350'>like</span> <span m='41500'>planning</span> <span m='42410'>and</span> <span m='43220'>in</span> <span m='43400'>management</span> <span m='43980'>and</span> <span m='44060'>things</span> <span m='44330'>like</span> <span m='44540'>that,</span> <span m='45020'>and</span> <span m='45150'>actually</span> <span m='45390'>taking</span> <span m='45690'>a</span> <span m='46230'>breather.</span> </p><p><span m='47250'>So</span> <span m='47550'>hopefully</span> <span m='47970'>in</span> <span m='48040'>the</span> <span m='48100'>future</span> <span m='49040'>we'll</span> <span m='49370'>work</span> <span m='49720'>through that</span> <span m='50030'>as</span> <span m='50120'>we bring</span> <span m='50350'>more</span> <span m='50500'>staff</span> <span m='50870'>on.</span> <span m='51900'>But</span> <span m='52090'>it's</span> <span m='52270'>just</span> <span m='52620'>really,</span> <span m='52950'>really</span> <span m='53190'>busy</span> <span m='53490'>right</span> <span m='53710'>now,</span> <span m='54040'>and</span> <span m='54470'>sometimes</span> <span m='54880'>it just</span> <span m='55070'>doesn't</span> <span m='55240'>give</span> <span m='55370'>me</span> <span m='55520'>a</span> <span m='55560'>chance</span> <span m='56040'>to</span> <span m='56440'>breathe.</span> <span m='56900'>But</span> <span m='57350'>I</span> <span m='57440'>really,</span> <span m='57870'>really</span> <span m='58110'>love</span> <span m='58280'>my</span> <span m='58400'>job,</span> <span m='59055'>it's just</span> <span m='59350'>very</span> <span m='59530'>busy.</span> </p><p><span m='60970'>Is</span> <span m='61160'>it</span> <span m='61220'>hard</span> <span m='61460'>to get</span> <span m='61510'>a job</span> <span m='61640'>in this</span> <span m='62130'>field?</span> <span m='62510'>No,</span> <span m='63870'>but</span> <span m='64030'>you</span> <span m='64099'>have</span> <span m='64319'>to</span> <span m='64440'>like</span> <span m='64640'>numbers.</span> <span m='65489'>So</span> <span m='66890'>don't</span> <span m='67180'>think</span> <span m='67340'>that</span> <span m='67480'>it's</span> <span m='67680'>easy,</span> <span m='68140'>or</span> <span m='68900'>I've</span> <span m='69380'>always</span> <span m='69600'>been good</span> <span m='69960'>at math</span> <span m='70360'>so</span> <span m='70420'>this</span> <span m='70600'>is</span> <span m='70720'>what</span> <span m='70850'>I</span> <span m='70900'>want</span> <span m='71090'>to</span> <span m='71170'>do.</span> <span m='72260'>It's</span> <span m='72580'>not</span> <span m='72820'>that</span> <span m='73020'>easy.</span> </p><p><span m='74200'>But</span> <span m='74390'>however,</span> <span m='76510'>if</span> <span m='76680'>you</span> <span m='76820'>want</span> <span m='77080'>to</span> <span m='77420'>get</span> <span m='77600'>into</span> <span m='77810'>the</span> <span m='77910'>area of</span> <span m='78190'>finance,</span> <span m='78780'>be</span> <span m='78920'>very</span> <span m='79450'>specific</span> <span m='79910'>about</span> <span m='80310'>which</span> <span m='80710'>area</span> <span m='81040'>you</span> <span m='81200'>want</span> <span m='81350'>to</span> <span m='81390'>get</span> <span m='81570'>into.</span> <span m='82120'>Right</span> <span m='82300'>now</span> <span m='82510'>I'm</span> <span m='83020'>doing</span> <span m='83210'>financial</span> <span m='83980'>analysis.</span> <span m='84940'>However,</span> <span m='85330'>I</span> <span m='85800'>don't</span> <span m='85910'>do taxes,</span> <span m='86860'>I'm</span> <span m='87080'>not</span> <span m='87290'>an</span> <span m='87360'>accountant.</span> <span m='89100'>So</span> <span m='89360'>just</span> <span m='89630'>be</span> <span m='89760'>very</span> <span m='89990'>specific</span> <span m='90630'>about</span> <span m='91025'>the</span> <span m='91420'>area</span> <span m='91820'>you</span> <span m='91960'>want</span> <span m='92160'>to</span> <span m='92300'>enter</span> <span m='92950'>before</span> <span m='93360'>you</span> <span m='93450'>make</span> <span m='93600'>a</span> <span m='93640'>decision</span> <span m='94060'>to</span> <span m='94200'>go</span> <span m='94970'>into</span> <span m='95710'>finance.</span> </p><p><span m='96530'>My</span> <span m='96760'>work/life</span> <span m='97130'>balance</span> <span m='97630'>is</span> <span m='97760'>really</span> <span m='98030'>good,</span> <span m='98220'>actually.</span> <span m='98720'>I know</span> <span m='98840'>I</span> <span m='98960'>mentioned</span> <span m='99240'>earlier</span> <span m='99610'>that</span> <span m='100190'>I</span> <span m='100400'>am</span> <span m='100600'>really,</span> <span m='100810'>really</span> <span m='101000'>busy,</span> <span m='101520'>but</span> <span m='101710'>I am</span> <span m='101890'>really</span> <span m='102100'>busy</span> <span m='102380'>during</span> <span m='102620'>those</span> <span m='102870'>eight</span> <span m='103020'>hours</span> <span m='103670'>of</span> <span m='103920'>work.</span> <span m='104400'>But</span> <span m='104970'>the</span> <span m='105050'>good</span> <span m='105200'>thing</span> <span m='105330'>about</span> <span m='105570'>the</span> <span m='105650'>center</span> <span m='105980'>is</span> <span m='106140'>that</span> <span m='106450'>I'm</span> <span m='106700'>able</span> <span m='106940'>to</span> <span m='107370'>have</span> <span m='107520'>a</span> <span m='107570'>cut-off</span> <span m='107860'>point.</span> <span m='108220'>So</span> <span m='108410'>5:00-5:30,</span> <span m='109310'>I</span> <span m='109980'>leave</span> <span m='110450'>and</span> <span m='110930'>I</span> <span m='111030'>get</span> <span m='111360'>no</span> <span m='111680'>emails</span> <span m='112900'>after</span> <span m='113210'>5:30.</span> <span m='114240'>So</span> <span m='114530'>no</span> <span m='114760'>one's</span> <span m='114930'>working</span> <span m='115430'>while</span> <span m='115710'>I'm</span> <span m='116030'>not there.</span> <span m='116460'>There are</span> <span m='116590'>no</span> <span m='116730'>expectations</span> <span m='117410'>for</span> <span m='117520'>me</span> <span m='117670'>to</span> <span m='117780'>know</span> <span m='118750'>things</span> <span m='119060'>when</span> <span m='119160'>I</span> <span m='119230'>walk</span> <span m='119530'>in</span> <span m='119640'>the</span> <span m='119730'>door.</span> </p><p><span m='120090'>So</span> <span m='120780'>although</span> <span m='121200'>I'm</span> <span m='121360'>very</span> <span m='121560'>busy,</span> <span m='122010'>I'm</span> <span m='122240'>able</span> <span m='122450'>to</span> <span m='122510'>go</span> <span 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