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Working As A Contract Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Contract 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 A Contract 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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Contract Analyst Career Paths

Contract Analyst
Attorney Office Manager Staff Accountant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Contracts Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Business Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Assistant Vice President Compliance Specialist
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Bookkeeper Accounts Payable Manager
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Finance Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Contracts Manager Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Program Director Grant Writer
Grant Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pricing Analyst Contracts Administrator
Lead Contractor
7 Yearsyrs
Attorney Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Pricing Analyst Management Analyst Budget Analyst
Senior Budget Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Maintenance Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Contract Analyst Contracts Manager Program Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Contract Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

57.8%

Male

39.9%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.6%

French

13.3%

German

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Korean

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Mandarin

3.0%

Hindi

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Turkish

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Dutch

1.2%

Albanian

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%
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Contract Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.4%

Strayer University

6.9%

University of Houston

5.7%

Villanova University

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

George Washington University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

Montclair State University

3.4%

New York University

3.2%

Walden University

3.2%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Saint Joseph's University

3.2%

San Diego State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

35.6%

Law

7.6%

Accounting

7.3%

Finance

7.1%

Management

4.9%

Legal Support Services

3.9%

Marketing

3.5%

Political Science

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Computer Science

2.8%

Economics

2.7%

Psychology

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.1%

English

2.1%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.4%

Masters

23.2%

Other

15.3%

Doctorate

6.8%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Contract Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Contract Analyst D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P. New York, NY May 09, 2010 $160,000
Contract Analyst D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P. New York, NY May 10, 2010 $160,000
Contract Analyst D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P. New York, NY Sep 05, 2010 $120,000
Analyst II Contracts Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 10, 2013 $89,109 -
$95,000
Contract Analyst International Institute for Learning, Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $81,286
Contract Analyst III Williams WPC-I, LLC Houston, TX Sep 20, 2013 $79,029
Specialist Contract & Capital Analyst VMC Consulting Croporation Redmond, WA Dec 01, 2009 $78,889
Contract Service Analyst Partners Healthcare Boston, MA Nov 23, 2009 $78,000
Analyst II Contracts Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 10, 2014 $75,167 -
$93,250
Contract Analyst Siemens Energy, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 12, 2014 $75,000
Contracts Analyst Cantor Fitzgerald LP New York, NY Jul 18, 2011 $72,000
Purchasing and Contract Analyst Milky Way International Trading Co. Norwalk, CA Feb 26, 2013 $72,000
Contract Analyst International Institute for Learning, Inc. New York, NY Jul 17, 2015 $70,000
Contract Analyst National Consulting Group Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jan 27, 2012 $69,000
Management and Contract Analyst The Goldstar Firm, P.L. Hallandale Beach, FL Sep 18, 2013 $58,436
Legal Translator/Contract Analyst Morales Group Indianapolis, IN Aug 16, 2008 $58,039
Projects and Contracts Analyst II Covance Inc. Madison, WI Aug 15, 2009 $58,000
Latin American Contract Analyst Res America Developments Inc. Broomfield, CO Oct 01, 2012 $58,000
Latin American Contract Analyst Res America Developments Inc. Broomfield, CO Jun 25, 2012 $58,000
Contracts Analyst II Quintiles, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 22, 2012 $57,637 -
$64,723
Claims & Contracts Analyst Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. Houston, TX May 29, 2013 $56,000
Contract Analyst Tri State Construction Services Inc. NY Jan 09, 2016 $51,445
Contract Analyst ZTE USA, Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 17, 2012 $51,064
Contracts Analyst The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Sep 15, 2015 $51,000
Claims and Contracts Analyst Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. Rosemont, IL Sep 24, 2011 $51,000
Ocean Contract Analyst UTI United States Inc. Long Beach, CA Apr 15, 2011 $50,274 -
$65,000
Pricing & Contracts Analyst I Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Hawthorne, NY Aug 26, 2016 $50,000
Contracts & Intellectual Property Analyst I CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC (Subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Monterey, CA Sep 11, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Contracts Analysts The Risk Management Association Philadelphia, PA Nov 17, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Contract Analyst

Average Yearly Salary
$63,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Marathon Petroleum
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Contract Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Contract Analyst in the United States is $63,380 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

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Top Skills for A Contract Analyst

  1. Contract Negotiations
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support legal team in contract negotiations by facilitating meetings, tracking revisions, proofreading and sharing documents among participating parties.
  • Review key financial performance indicators on existing contracts and evaluate financial statements for renegotiation.
  • Performed data entry in databases, compiled and distributed information according to protocol.
  • Created Standard Operating Procedures for document naming conventions and filing documents for quality assurance checks.
  • Provided excellence in customer service by ensuring the Contract Operations team met departmental performance standards for key rebate administration functions.

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