Financial Analyst

Choose your pathway: Financial Analyst

With a Finance focus, your MBA can help you pursue various financial roles, including financial analyst, which is ranked the #13 “Best Business Job” and #23 “Best STEM Job” by U.S. News & World Report (2016). With our online MBA with a Finance concentration, you can get started on your path forward today.

What do financial analysts do?

What do financial analysts do?

Financial analysts provide advice and guidance through investment opportunities for businesses and individuals. They assess the risk and performance of stocks or bonds to ensure their clients earn the most on their investment.

Financial analysts are ranked #82 among the “100 Best Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report (2016).

Specifically, financial analysts fall into two categories: buy-side and sell-side analysts. Buy-side analysts develop investment strategies for organizations like mutual funds, hedge funds, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments.

On the other hand, sell-side analysts work with financial services that sell stocks, bonds, and other investments. Both types of financial analysts must be able to adapt to a rapidly changing financial landscape and apply current economic trends, business news, and big-picture strategies to financial plans.

The daily activities of a financial analyst vary depending on the organization, but most typically are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Recommending individual investments and collections of investments (portfolios)
  • Evaluating current and historical financial data
  • Applying relevant economic and business trends
  • Examining a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Preparing written financial reports

What is the career outlook for financial analysts?

As investment portfolios become increasingly complex and domestic financial institutions connect to emerging markets throughout the world, the demand for financial analysts grows. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial analyst jobs are projected to grow by 12% between 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all professions. With a low unemployment rate of 2.2%, it’s clear that a career as a financial analyst offers a great deal of job security.

What can you earn as a financial analyst?

A Finance MBA is more than a credential, it’s a path to a higher earning potential. In 2015, the median mid-career salary for Finance MBA graduates was approximately $130,000, making Finance one of the highest earning MBA concentrations available (Poets & Quants, 2016). Professionals pursuing a career as a financial analyst can earn even more. In 2015, the median annual wage was $80,310, with the highest 10% of financial analysts earning more than $160,760.

According to the BLS, the median annual wage in 2015 for financial analysts in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities $94,450
Credit intermediation and related activities $77,270
Professional, scientific, and technical services $83,240
Insurance carriers and related activities $74,510
Management of companies and enterprises $79,200

What courses can prepare you for a role as a financial analyst?

ACCT 652
Accounting Information and Control Systems
BSCI 650
Personal and Leadership Development Workshop
DESC 656
Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations
ECNM 657
Prices, Profit, and the Market Economy
FINC 655
Financial Management of the Firm
FINC 667
Global Capital Markets and Institutions
FINC 668
Valuation and Corporate Combinations
FINC 669
Investments and Portfolio Management
LEGL 653
Political, Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Issues of Business
STGY 659
Strategic Management

What can these courses teach you? Find out with an in-depth view of our curriculum.

What are some related career paths?

If you’re interested in a career in business or finance, but financial analysis isn’t for you, you have options. Explore these related career paths to see which one works best for your goals.

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