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Working As A Program Finance Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $89,320

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Finance 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 Program Finance 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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Average Length of Employment
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 7.0%
Internship 4.1%
Controller 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.6%

Program Finance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

49.3%

Female

48.2%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.5%

Asian

10.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.1%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.4%

French

12.2%

Chinese

9.8%

Thai

7.3%

Korean

7.3%

Italian

7.3%

Portuguese

4.9%

Japanese

4.9%

Russian

4.9%

Nepali

2.4%

German

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Urdu

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%
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Program Finance Analyst Education

Schools

George Mason University

12.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.4%

University of Central Florida

7.4%

Strayer University

7.4%

Webster University

6.6%

Florida State University

6.6%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.0%

Villanova University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Rollins College

4.1%

University of Florida

3.3%

University of Chicago

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.3%

Auburn University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

Arizona State University

2.5%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.5%
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Majors

Business

37.0%

Finance

21.0%

Accounting

16.2%

Management

6.6%

Economics

3.1%

International Business

2.2%

Project Management

2.0%

Psychology

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%

Management Science

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Communication

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.9%

Political Science

0.7%

Computer Science

0.7%

Law

0.7%

General Studies

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

41.5%

Other

7.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Program Finance Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial Analyst (Africa Focus)-Associate Program Partners Group USA (Inc.) New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $128,000
Program Development Financial Analyst Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA May 06, 2016 $90,000 -
$109,917
Program Financial Analyst Principal Dyncorp International LLC Falls Church, VA Oct 02, 2012 $86,520
Field Programs Budgeting and Financial Monitoring Conservation International Arlington, VA Feb 25, 2011 $83,355
Program Financial Analyst Principal Dyncorp International LLC Falls Church, VA Oct 09, 2012 $78,741 -
$98,000
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 16, 2013 $58,220 -
$77,800
Japanese Patient Medical Program Financial Adivsor Intromed, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $55,078
Financial Analyst, Rotorcraft Programs Eads North America Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 06, 2012 $55,000 -
$110,000
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Cookeville, TN Sep 14, 2014 $53,893 -
$72,100
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Neillsville, WI Sep 14, 2014 $53,893 -
$72,100
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 14, 2014 $53,893 -
$72,100
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 22, 2013 $53,893 -
$70,100
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Whitakers, NC Sep 14, 2014 $53,893 -
$72,100
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Cookeville, TN Sep 05, 2013 $50,960 -
$70,100
Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Sep 11, 2015 $50,300 -
$70,700
Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. IN Sep 11, 2015 $50,300 -
$70,900
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Sep 14, 2011 $50,274 -
$60,500
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Nashville, TN Sep 14, 2011 $50,274 -
$60,500
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 14, 2011 $50,274 -
$60,500
Financial Analyst, Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Nashville, TN Jan 31, 2011 $49,712 -
$60,500
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 01, 2012 $49,608 -
$70,000
Finance Advanced Development Program Analyst Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Nashville, TN Sep 21, 2016 $48,776 -
$60,000
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Sep 05, 2013 $48,318 -
$70,100
Financial Analyst-Finance Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN May 06, 2010 $48,173 -
$56,100

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Top Skills for A Program Finance Analyst

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Top Program Finance Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Cost Proposals
  3. Financial Status
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide general support to the Program Manager/Program Team with business and financial analysis, and, financial reports for Site Management.
  • Created forecasts and budgets to manage against cost proposals and funded ceilings.
  • Prepared monthly financial status reports and coordinated production of monthly progress reports.
  • Manage the PM MAC (Program Management Multiple Award Contract) contract as the Prime Contractor.
  • Analyze schedule and cost data to project future variance and perform EAC (Estimate at Completion) analysis.

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