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The field of the financial analyst is less rigid than others and there are no mandatory education requirements. The requirement for being licensed also depends on the duties of the job and the employer. However, there is a preference for those with a bachelor's degree in areas of economics, statistics or finance. A few of the skills necessary for success include strong problem-solving skills, above-average communication skills, adeptness in the use of logic and math and good report writing skills.
First, start your career by the successful completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program, the Series 7 and Series 63 or the Securities Industry Essentials exam (SIE) exams. They have different and requirements of difficulty but are all designed to demonstrate your competence in the field finance.
Then, get an entry-level job in areas of buying or selling investments at investment firms or start in investment banks. There different types of financial analysts and a large number of areas in which to work that may even include media houses or marketing firms.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is a well-rounded certification that proves financial analysts' professional competence. Candidates need to hold a bachelor's degree, have three years or more of relevant professional experience, pass the exam administered through the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and adhere to a code of ethics. Topics covered in the CFP exam include:
Analysts can become portfolio managers with experience, where they selects instruments for investments. They can also advance to be fund managers with the ability to manage large investment portfolios for companies or individual investors.