Financial Analyst at a Glance

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Best States for Financial Analyst

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 14,710 $91,120 $44
District of Columbia 4,660 $104,750 $50
Delaware 2,310 $79,770 $38

Becoming a Financial Analyst

Financial analysts typically hold at least a bachelor's degree in math, accounting, business administration, economics, or another related field. Most advanced job positions as financial analysts will require a master's degree in finance or an MBA. Potential employers will favor candidates with a strong math, communication, and decision-making skills.

Several schools offer bachelor's degrees in finance, and many are available entirely online. Prior to entry into a bachelor's program, students are typically required to complete a core curriculum of classes covering financial accounting and reporting, strategic cost analysis, and investment principles. A sampling of classes you may take in a bachelor's of finance degree program, drawn from course listings for Northeastern University's online finance and accounting management program, include the following:

  • Statistics
  • Investment Management
  • Financial Strategy
  • International Finance

Financial analysts may be required to obtain a license once they are with an employer. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. Certification in a field of specialty may provide financial analysts with career opportunities and advancement. The CFA Institute offers chartered financial analyst certification to financial analysts with a bachelor's degree and four years of experience.