Financial analysts evaluate, interpret and report on huge volumes of complex financial data from company reports to global economic trends. The job duties of a financial analyst include interview prospective clients to determine financial status and objectives; discuss financial options and developing financial plans and strategies; or prepare reports gleaned from the analysis of financial data and explore investment opportunity.
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.
Most financial analysts hold a Bachelor’s degree in commerce or business, majoring in finance. They may be required to pass additional examinations in order to be certified as an official financial analyst.