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Investment analyst

Investment analysts help stock market traders, stockbrokers and fund managers make decisions about investments.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £100,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 60 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need at least a 2:1 degree. Most degrees are accepted, but accountancy, business studies, economics and maths are particularly useful. 

If you have a degree in a subject not related to business or finance it might help if you have a relevant postgraduate qualification, like a master's in business administration (MBA). 

You may be able to get a graduate internship at an investment bank or stockbroking firm.

It may also be useful to have: 

  • knowledge or experience of a specific industry, like energy or engineering
  • language skills, particularly French, German or Japanese

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent research skills
  • presentation and report writing skills
  • analytical thinking
  • maths skills
  • strong IT skills
  • good organisational skills for meeting deadlines

3. What you'll do

You’ll give your opinion on economic trends in an industry or geographic region, and on whether investments are worth making. 

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • finding new investment opportunities
  • researching the financial performance of your target companies
  • keeping up to date with political and economic developments that may affect the financial markets
  • examining company accounts
  • analysing data
  • producing reports for fund managers and stockbrokers

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £30,000

Experienced: £50,000 to £70,000

Highly Experienced: £100,000 or more

You’ll usually get an annual bonus ranging from 40% to 200% of your salary.

Salaries will often include a company car allowance, insurance and pension benefits.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually start around 7am and finish around 7pm, Monday to Friday. You may need to work some evenings and weekends.

You’ll be office-based, but may also travel in the UK or overseas.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and a good track record, you could become a stockbroker and progress to account manager or fund manager. 

You could also become a freelance investment consultant. 

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Last updated: 08 December 2016