The role of an Investment Associate is to research and recommend various investment opportunities to a company and its executives. They do this through much research and data analysis. Much of the research is into a company's financial capabilities and the investment risks, possible profits, and other factors.
They may also act as advisors or as a third, unbiased party, or a mediator, in large company contracts or even company takeovers or large purchasing of another company's stocks. An Associate might have to specialize in certain industries and topics, depending on whom they work for, in order to be able to forecast market trends and investment worths accurately.
A person seeking work in this position will most likely need to have a Bachelor's in a subject such as finance and strong analytical and mathematical skills. They will also need to have several years of experience working in an investment firm. An Investment Associate earns an average of $53.53 an hour or $111,339 a year.