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Career profile: Investment analyst

city of london investment bankAre you a fast thinker and able to communicate your understanding of a subject to other people? Working as an investment analyst could provide the challenge you need as well as a generous salary.

A what?

Investment analysts are responsible for understanding the stock market and then communicating the information to stockbrokers and fund managers, so they can then decide what investments they should make for their clients.

On the job

The job involves a lot of research into the political and economic climate to see how it might impact the market. They will also have to look into different companies to see how successful they are and to predict whether they will continue to grow. Some analysts specialise in a particular geographical area or industry.

You have to be bright, motivated and confident enough to make recommendations, as other people in the finance community will rely on your knowledge and suggestions. Analysts work long hours and most of the job is office-based. It may sound tough, but all of that hard work can be rewarded with big salaries.

What would I earn?

You can expect to earn around £25,000 to £30,000 as a graduate trainee and this could rise to over £100,000 a year as you become more experienced.

What qualifications do I need?

Most analysts are expected to have at least a 2:1 degree (equivalent to a grade B). To get onto a degree course you will need at least five GCSEs (grades A-C) and two good A-levels. There are no hard and fast rules on what degree subject you should do, but candidates who have studied maths, economics, engineering or science would be in a strong position.

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