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ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST: Working On City Projects

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Myvan is an Administrative Analyst for the City of Newark. Myvan was in law school, but ultimately decided that a career in law was not for her. Myvan describes some of the things she does at her job and what led her to work for the city and drop her law ambitions.

School: University of California Berkeley
Degree: Art History - English
Job Title: Administrative Analyst
Employer: City Of Newark

Job Summary: Budget Analysts

Job Description

Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Many budget analysts also take professional development classes throughout their careers.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Association of Government Accountants.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $100,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
Typical workplace
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Indoor, Office, Physically demanding, Military, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='11370'>looking</span> <span m='11780'>at</span> <span m='12010'>different</span> <span m='12280'>projects</span> <span m='12740'>that</span> <span m='12840'>we</span> <span m='12940'>have</span> <span m='13180'>going</span> <span m='13460'>on</span> <span m='13700'>such</span> <span m='13970'>as</span> <span m='14830'>paving</span> <span m='15200'>streets,</span> <span m='16390'>or</span> <span m='16590'>working</span> <span m='16910'>on</span> <span m='17020'>maintaining</span> <span m='17470'>the</span> <span m='18080'>public</span> <span m='18380'>facilities</span> <span m='19070'>for</span> <span m='19170'>the</span> <span m='19380'>City of</span> <span m='19690'>Newark</span> <span m='20030'>and</span> <span m='20140'>making</span> <span m='20380'>sure</span> <span m='20610'>that</span> <span m='20760'>the</span> <span m='20830'>budgets</span> <span m='21250'>are</span> <span m='21460'>on track,</span> <span m='21720'>and</span> <span m='21980'>that</span> <span m='22150'>we're</span> <span m='22520'>spending</span> <span m='23090'>it</span> <span m='23970'>on</span> <span m='24180'>track.</span> </p><p><span m='25500'>What</span> <span m='25790'>else</span> <span m='26130'>do</span> <span m='26300'>I</span> <span m='26410'>do?</span> <span m='26950'>I</span> <span m='27180'>also</span> <span m='27640'>work</span> <span m='27880'>with</span> <span m='28030'>grants.</span> <span m='29450'>So</span> <span m='29730'>we</span> <span m='29860'>do</span> <span m='29960'>use</span> <span m='30270'>oil</span> <span m='30530'>grants.</span> <span m='31320'>We're</span> <span m='31450'>part</span> <span m='31700'>of the</span> <span m='31960'>clean</span> <span m='32170'>water</span> <span m='32420'>program.</span> <span m='34190'>I</span> <span m='34300'>work</span> <span m='34530'>on</span> <span m='34630'>reports,</span> <span m='35300'>different</span> <span m='35560'>reports</span> <span m='36120'>that</span> <span m='36300'>go</span> <span m='36480'>to</span> <span m='37260'>city</span> <span m='37500'>council</span> <span m='38300'>dealing</span> <span m='38600'>with</span> <span m='38820'>current</span> <span m='39140'>issues</span> <span m='39860'>facing,</span> <span m='40500'>kind</span> <span m='40700'>of,</span> <span m='40810'>the</span> <span m='40890'>city</span> <span m='41320'>and</span> <span m='41430'>the</span> <span m='41510'>Public</span> <span m='41840'>Works</span> <span m='42120'>Department.</span> <span m='44048'>That's</span> <span m='44474'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='44900'>I</span> <span m='45040'>went</span> <span m='45410'>to</span> <span m='46130'>Berkeley</span> <span m='46610'>for</span> <span m='46770'>college.</span> <span m='47420'>I</span> <span m='47470'>was</span> <span m='47640'>a</span> <span m='47700'>double</span> <span m='47960'>major</span> <span m='48330'>in</span> <span m='48400'>English and</span> <span m='48820'>art</span> <span m='48980'>history,</span> <span m='49880'>and</span> <span m='50030'>then</span> <span m='50150'>I</span> <span m='50190'>went</span> <span m='50340'>to</span> <span m='50430'>law</span> <span m='50590'>school</span> <span m='50890'>after</span> <span m='51180'>that.</span> <span m='51520'>I</span> <span m='51600'>went</span> <span m='51740'>to</span> <span m='51820'>Santa Clara</span> <span m='52300'>University.</span> <span m='53760'>I</span> <span m='54220'>quickly</span> <span m='54560'>realized</span> <span m='55050'>that</span> <span m='55150'>I</span> <span m='55200'>didn't</span> <span m='55540'>really</span> <span m='55730'>want</span> <span m='55870'>to</span> <span m='55910'>be</span> <span m='56020'>a</span> <span m='56080'>lawyer</span> <span m='56470'>but</span> <span m='56700'>I</span> <span m='56910'>studied</span> <span m='57360'>a</span> <span m='57440'>lot</span> <span m='57570'>of</span> <span m='57640'>policy,</span> <span m='58730'>and</span> <span m='58890'>I</span> <span m='58950'>enjoyed</span> <span m='59330'>policy a</span> <span m='59810'>lot.</span> <span m='60320'>So</span> <span m='60550'>I</span> <span m='60640'>kind</span> <span m='60910'>of--</span> <span m='61030'>when</span> <span m='61170'>I</span> <span m='61230'>graduated</span> <span m='61710'>from</span> <span m='61930'>law</span> <span m='62120'>school,</span> <span m='62640'>I</span> <span m='62770'>did</span> <span m='64050'>different</span> <span m='64379'>jobs</span> <span m='64709'>in</span> <span m='64830'>policy.</span> </p><p><span m='65330'>I</span> <span m='65610'>worked for</span> <span m='65700'>the</span> <span m='65790'>city</span> <span m='65990'>council</span> <span m='66470'>for</span> <span m='66540'>San</span> <span m='66790'>Jose</span> <span m='67070'>for</span> <span m='67420'>a</span> <span m='67470'>couple</span> <span m='67690'>years.</span> <span m='68660'>I</span> <span m='68740'>worked</span> <span m='68950'>for</span> <span m='69060'>the</span> <span m='69180'>Redevelopment</span> <span m='70380'>Agency</span> <span m='70830'>of</span> <span m='71020'>San</span> <span m='71080'>Jose</span> <span m='71260'>for</span> <span m='71410'>a</span> <span m='71450'>couple</span> <span m='71700'>years,</span> <span m='72290'>and</span> <span m='72300'>then</span> <span m='72430'>I</span> <span m='72470'>went</span> <span m='72720'>to</span> <span m='72820'>section 8</span> <span m='73230'>housing</span> <span m='73950'>for</span> <span m='74170'>a</span> <span m='74210'>couple</span> <span m='74430'>of</span> <span m='74480'>years</span> <span m='74730'>also</span> <span m='75000'>before</span> <span m='75270'>I</span> <span m='75450'>landed</span> <span m='75930'>with</span> <span m='76170'>the</span> <span m='76450'>city of</span> <span m='76730'>Newark.</span> <span m='77075'>'Cause</span> <span m='77420'>I</span> <span m='77530'>realized</span> <span m='77940'>I</span> <span m='77980'>really</span> <span m='78370'>just</span> <span m='79260'>missed</span> <span m='79590'>working</span> <span m='79890'>with</span> <span m='80040'>local</span> <span m='80270'>governments.</span> </p><p><span m='81550'>Something</span> <span m='81900'>I</span> <span m='82000'>wish</span> <span m='82280'>I</span> <span m='82560'>knew.</span> <span m='84540'>Not</span> <span m='85090'>so</span> <span m='85200'>much</span> <span m='85380'>before</span> <span m='85640'>starting</span> <span m='85910'>my</span> <span m='86020'>career,</span> <span m='86950'>but</span> <span m='87670'>one</span> <span m='87910'>thing</span> <span m='88180'>that</span> <span m='88320'>I</span> <span m='88380'>wish</span> <span m='88690'>I</span> <span m='88760'>knew</span> <span m='89970'>going</span> <span m='90340'>into</span> <span m='90840'>school,</span> <span m='91370'>into</span> <span m='91480'>grad</span> <span m='91740'>school,</span> <span m='92190'>is</span> <span m='92350'>that</span> <span m='93570'>it's</span> <span m='93880'>not--</span> <span m='94880'>make</span> <span m='95130'>sure</span> <span m='95500'>you</span> <span m='95905'>know</span> <span m='96310'>really</span> <span m='97120'>what</span> <span m='97670'>the</span> <span m='97830'>person</span> <span m='98180'>does</span> <span m='98470'>on</span> <span m='98580'>a</span> <span m='98620'>day</span> <span m='98780'>to</span> <span m='98860'>day</span> <span m='99040'>basis</span> <span m='99670'>before</span> <span m='100160'>just</span> <span m='101080'>going</span> <span m='101550'>and</span> <span m='101660'>doing</span> <span m='101990'>it.</span> <span m='102140'>So</span> <span m='102260'>I</span> <span m='102360'>went</span> <span m='102570'>to</span> <span m='102670'>law</span> <span m='102870'>school</span> <span m='103100'>without</span> <span m='103420'>really</span> <span m='103650'>knowing</span> <span m='104020'>what</span> <span m='104230'>lawyers</span> <span m='104560'>did</span> <span m='104730'>on</span> <span m='104830'>a</span> <span m='104860'>day</span> <span m='105050'>to</span> <span m='105120'>day</span> <span m='105260'>basis,</span> <span m='106350'>and</span> <span m='106790'>when</span> <span m='106940'>I</span> <span m='107020'>found</span> <span m='107380'>out,</span> <span m='107620'>I</span> <span m='107690'>realized</span> <span m='108130'>it</span> <span m='108200'>wasn't</span> <span m='108600'>really</span> <span m='108830'>for</span> <span m='109020'>me.</span> <span m='109280'>It</span> <span m='109410'>wasn't</span> <span m='109600'>my</span> <span m='109740'>personality.</span> </p><p><span m='111450'>And</span> <span m='111580'>so</span> <span m='111700'>I</span> <span m='111930'>kind of</span> <span m='112010'>wish</span> <span m='112250'>I</span> <span m='112290'>knew</span> <span m='112460'>that</span> <span m='112620'>because</span> <span m='112790'>it</span> <span m='112880'>would</span> <span m='113000'>have</span> <span m='113090'>saved</span> <span m='113450'>a</span> <span m='113510'>lot</span> <span m='113680'>of</span> <span m='113770'>time</span> <span m='114010'>and</span> <span m='114110'>money.</span> <span m='115280'>Probably</span> <span m='115940'>going</span> <span m='116200'>back,</span> <span m='116510'>I</span> <span m='116550'>would</span> <span m='116720'>have</span> <span m='116800'>done</span> <span m='116970'>a</span> <span m='117010'>masters</span> <span m='117460'>in</span> <span m='117510'>public</span> <span m='117810'>policy</span> <span m='118260'>instead</span> <span m='118545'>'cause</span> <span m='118830'>I</span> <span m='118910'>think</span> <span m='119090'>that's</span> <span m='119300'>more</span> <span m='119510'>my</span> <span m='119800'>fit.</span> <span m='120540'>But</span> <span m='120680'>I</span> <span m='120780'>think</span> <span m='121090'>that's</span> <span m='121450'>my</span> <span m='121560'>biggest</span> <span m='121890'>advice</span> <span m='122340'>is</span> <span m='122450'>to</span> <span m='122570'>talk</span> <span m='122850'>to</span> <span m='122940'>people</span> <span m='123260'>doing</span> <span m='123620'>that</span> <span m='123940'>field</span> <span m='124480'>and</span> <span m='124690'>to</span> <span m='124780'>find</span> <span m='125140'>out</span> <span m='125420'>what</span> <span m='125570'>it</span> <span m='125690'>is</span> <span m='125970'>that</span> <span m='126250'>they</span> <span m='126410'>actually</span> <span m='126960'>to</span> <span m='127380'>see if it's</span> <span m='127730'>something</span> <span m='128030'>that</span> <span m='128210'>you</span> <span m='128590'>want</span> <span m='128820'>to</span> <span m='128900'>do</span> <span m='129060'>as</span> <span m='129190'>well.</span> </p>","file":{"id":691654,"video_id":"","name":"3141-Analyst.mp4","duration":129913,"thumbnail_url":null}});