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Become A Portfolio Manager

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Working As A Portfolio Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $140,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Portfolio Manager Do

A Portfolio Manager develops and implements investment strategies for individuals or institutional investors. They analyze daily investment to ensure the success of portfolios.

How To Become A Portfolio Manager

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.


A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Portfolio Manager Career Paths

Portfolio Manager
Finance Advisor Finance Analyst
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager Controller
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Underwriter Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager Finance Advisor
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Project Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Investment Officer Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Sales Consultant
National Sales Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Instructor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Underwriter Relationship Manager
Senior Relationship Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager President Of Operations
Senior Vice President-Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Vice President, Business Development
Vice President & Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Advisor Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Director President Of Operations
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Director Of Strategy
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
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Portfolio Manager Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Polish

  • Vietnamese

  • Lithuanian

  • Marathi

  • Dutch

  • Hebrew

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Real Portfolio Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Portfolio Manager Mousse Partners Limited New York, NY Feb 05, 2015 $560,000
Portfolio Manager Soros Fund Management, LLC New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $500,000
Managing Director, Client Portfolio Manager Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $450,000
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager MKP Capital Management, LLC New York, NY Sep 06, 2015 $391,413
Portfolio Manager Matthews International Capital Management, LLC San Francisco, CA Apr 06, 2015 $350,000
Portfolio Manager Hildene Capital Management LLC Stamford, CT Jan 04, 2016 $300,000
Portfolio Manager Hutchin Hill Capital, LP New York, NY Jun 01, 2016 $300,000
Portfolio Manager Hildene Capital Management LLC Stamford, CT Sep 21, 2016 $300,000
Portfolio Manager Hutchin Hill Capital, LP New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $300,000
Portfolio Manager Matthews International Capital Management, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $275,000
Portfolio Manager and Analyst Harding Loevner LP Bridgewater, NJ Sep 13, 2015 $275,000
Portfolio Manager (Agriculture) Sierentz North America LLC Wilton, CT Sep 20, 2016 $250,000
Portfolio Manager-Emerging Markets Bluecrest Capital Management (New York) LP New York, NY Jan 13, 2015 $250,000
Research Analyst/Portfolio Manager-Global Real Estate Franklin Templeton New York, NY Dec 23, 2015 $170,000
Portfolio Manager APG Asset Management Us Inc. New York, NY Feb 16, 2016 $165,000
Assistant Portfolio Manager Euphrates Advisors LLC New York, NY Apr 03, 2015 $164,674
DM Private Label Portfolio Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Elk Grove Village, IL Jan 01, 2015 $162,750
Project Portfolio Manager (#6088) NNE Pharmaplan Emeryville, CA Mar 05, 2016 $160,000
Quantitative Portfolio Manager GSA Capital Partners (New York) LP New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $160,000 -
Quantitative Portfolio Manager GSA Capital Partners (New York) LP New York, NY Dec 01, 2016 $160,000 -
Portfolio Manager General Motors Company New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $158,700
Manager, Portfolio Management-Financial Services Interactive Communications International, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2015 $130,650
Intermediate Portfolio Manager State Street Bank and Trust Company San Francisco, CA Oct 23, 2015 $130,250 -
Portfolio Manager NN Investment Partners North America, LLC New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $130,000
Managing Director & Portfolio Manager Astor Investment Management LLC New York, NY May 23, 2016 $130,000
Director, Portfolio Manager Natixis North America LLC New York, NY May 22, 2015 $130,000
Portfolio Manager Invex, Inc. Miami, FL Apr 22, 2016 $130,000
Manager, Portfolio Management Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Jul 11, 2016 $129,347

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Top Skills for A Portfolio Manager


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Top Portfolio Manager Skills

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Asset Allocation
  3. Equity Portfolio
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized financial statements for valuation projects.
  • Developed asset allocation strategies for various portfolio objectives.
  • Manage $100mm long/short equity portfolio focusing on Technology and Telecommunications.
  • Design bespoke option overlay strategies for asset managers seeking yield enhancement and/or optimized hedges for their specific portfolio and investment strategies.
  • Review quarterly compliance certificates to ensure compliance with covenants.

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