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Working As An Accounting Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $61,883

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Analyst Do

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Duties

Financial analysts typically do the following:

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical financial data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Examine a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company’s prospects
  • Assess the strength of the management team
  • Prepare written reports

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities. They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. Financial analysts are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

Financial analysts can be divided into two categories: buy-side analysts and sell-side analysts.

  • Buy-side analysts develop investment strategies for companies that have a lot of money to invest. These companies, called institutional investors, include mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments, such as some universities.
  • Sell-side analysts advise financial services sales agents who sell stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Some analysts work for the business media or other research houses, which are independent from the buy and sell side.

Financial analysts generally focus on trends affecting a specific industry, geographical region, or type of product. For example, an analyst may focus on a subject area such as the energy industry, a world region such as Eastern Europe, or the foreign exchange market. They must understand how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Investing is becoming more global, and some financial analysts specialize in a particular country or region. Companies want those financial analysts to understand the language, culture, business environment, and political conditions in the country or region that they cover.

The following are examples of types of financial analysts:

Portfolio managers select the mix of products, industries, and regions for their company’s investment portfolio. These managers are responsible for the overall performance of the portfolio. They are also expected to explain investment decisions and strategies in meetings with stakeholders.

Fund managers work exclusively with hedge funds or mutual funds. Both fund and portfolio managers frequently make buy or sell decisions in reaction to quickly changing market conditions.

Ratings analysts evaluate the ability of companies or governments to pay their debts, including bonds. On the basis of their evaluation, a management team rates the risk of a company or government not being able to repay its bonds.

Risk analysts evaluate the risk in investment decisions and determine how to manage unpredictability and limit potential losses. This job is carried out by making investment decisions such as selecting dissimilar stocks or having a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a portfolio.

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How To Become An Accounting Analyst

Financial analysts typically must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree is often required for advanced positions.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. A number of fields of study provide appropriate preparation, including accounting, economics, finance, statistics, and mathematics. For advanced positions, employers often require a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or a master’s degree in finance. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management are important.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. It requires licenses for many financial analyst positions. Most of the licenses require sponsorship by an employer, so companies do not expect individuals to have these licenses before starting a job.

Certification is often recommended by employers and can improve the chances for advancement. An example is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification from the CFA Institute. Financial analysts can become CFA certified if they have a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of qualified work experience, and pass three exams. Financial analysts can also become certified in their field of specialty.

Advancement

Financial analysts typically start by specializing in a specific investment field. As they gain experience, they can become portfolio managers, who select the mix of investments for a company’s portfolio. They can also become fund managers, who manage large investment portfolios for individual investors. A master’s degree in finance or business administration can improve an analyst’s chances of advancing to one of these positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial analysts must process a range of information in finding profitable investments.

Communication skills. Financial analysts must explain their recommendations to clients in clear language that clients can easily understand.

Computer skills. Financial analysts must be adept at using software packages to analyze financial data, see trends, create portfolios, and make forecasts.

Decisionmaking skills. Financial analysts must provide a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell a security.

Detail oriented. Financial analysts must pay attention to details when reviewing possible investments, as small issues may have large implications for the health of an investment.

Math skills. Financial analysts use mathematical skills when estimating the value of financial securities. 

To be successful, financial analysts must be motivated to seek out obscure information that may be important to the investment. Many work independently and must have self-confidence in their judgment.

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Accounting Analyst Career Paths

Accounting Analyst
Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Controller/Business Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Controller
Controller/Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accounting Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Reporting Manager Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Staff Accountant Senior Auditor
Internal Audit Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Staff Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Plant Controller
Unit Controller
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Accounting Manager 4.2 years
Control Accountant 3.8 years
Accountant 3.5 years
General Accountant 3.3 years
Staff Accountant 3.0 years
Accounting Analyst 3.0 years
Account Analyst 2.8 years
Finance Analyst 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 13.0%
Internship 4.0%
Analyst 3.1%
Bookkeeper 2.5%
Controller 2.3%
Teller 2.2%
Top Employers After
Accountant 10.5%
Controller 3.8%
Analyst 3.3%
Consultant 2.6%
Bookkeeper 2.0%

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Accounting Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

56.2%

Male

40.6%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.7%

French

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Portuguese

4.5%

Hindi

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

German

2.8%

Polish

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Greek

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Serbian

1.2%

Sindhi

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Thai

0.8%
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Accounting Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.9%

University of North Texas

6.0%

University of Houston

6.0%

Strayer University

6.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Memphis

3.6%

Temple University

3.3%

Western Connecticut State University

3.3%

Central Connecticut State University

3.1%

Duquesne University

2.9%

Georgia State University

2.9%

Lamar University

2.9%

DePaul University

2.9%

Drexel University

2.9%
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Majors

Accounting

37.1%

Business

32.0%

Finance

14.5%

Economics

3.1%

Management

2.6%

Marketing

1.3%

Computer Science

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%

Health Care Administration

0.8%

Project Management

0.7%

Criminal Justice

0.7%

Communication

0.7%

Management Information Systems

0.6%

Education

0.6%

Psychology

0.6%

Information Technology

0.6%

International Business

0.5%

Nursing

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.3%

Masters

28.7%

Other

11.3%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Accounting Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Forensic Accounting Analyst Citadel LLC New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $125,000
Accounting Analyst Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2015 $125,000
Accounting Analyst Palantir Technologies Palo Alto, CA Apr 08, 2016 $120,000 -
$145,000
Accounting Analyst Daewoo International (America) Corp Teaneck, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $112,840
Accounting Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 10, 2016 $109,000
Treasury Accounting Analyst Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 11, 2015 $108,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Feb 25, 2015 $100,000
Chief Accounting Analyst Siyaram Inc. Tuscumbia, AL May 19, 2016 $96,138
Principal Accounting Analyst Stryker Neurovascular Fremont, CA Dec 01, 2015 $90,263
Fund Accounting Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Mar 26, 2016 $90,000
Accounting Analyst Daewoo International (America) Corp. Teaneck, NJ Sep 28, 2015 $89,301
Accounting Analyst Rafac International, Inc. Brisbane, CA Oct 15, 2015 $88,038
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Jan 12, 2016 $84,000
Investment Accounting Analyst Alpha Capital Corp. Monroe, NJ Sep 08, 2015 $83,480
Accounting Analyst/Downstream Energy Market K&G Petroleum Littleton, CO Jul 13, 2015 $61,693
Analyst, Deep Research & Forensic Accounting Balyasny Asset Management Chicago, IL Apr 23, 2015 $61,500
Accounting Analyst Stribling Equipment LLC Richland, MS Sep 03, 2016 $61,339
Accounting Analyst Empire Square Group LLC New York, NY Aug 16, 2016 $60,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 25, 2015 $60,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Jun 01, 2015 $60,000
Accounting Analyst Axis Clinicals LLC Dilworth, MN Jan 18, 2016 $60,000
Accounting Analyst Worldpac, Inc. Newark, CA Jul 11, 2016 $60,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 17, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 08, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst MTM Business Solutions LLC Melville, NY Jun 15, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 25, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst Cps 5, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $54,000
Programmer/Accounting Analyst Midland Central LLC Midland, TX Sep 19, 2016 $53,955
Management & Accounting Analyst Investar Bank Baton Rouge, LA Aug 29, 2016 $53,810 -
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Top Skills for An Accounting Analyst

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Account Reconciliations
  3. Journal Entries
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  • Mitigate internal control issues and preserve integrity of financial statements through due diligence, identifying and implementing process improvements.
  • Reviewed and approved monthly general ledger and bank account reconciliations for special condition accounts to ensure procedural consistency and compliance.
  • Prepared journal entries for fixed assets adjustments for discrepancies found during entering/reconciling fixed asset records.
  • Job duties included: Monitoring and controlling the process of calculating the Net Asset Values for the Tuition Bands.
  • Designed and conducted testing procedures to ensure data accuracy and system functionality before new system and database went in to production.

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