Financial consultants provide expertise and advice on a wide range of financial issues such as capital budgeting, project valuation, financial information integrity, profit-and-loss reporting, risk management and insurance engagements, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, global finance operations, general tax issues, tax and treasury optimization, corporate restructuring, and compliance with federal laws such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
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Many financial consultants are employed by management consulting firms. Management consultants had median annual earnings of $83,610 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent of consultants earned less than $48,360, and 10 percent earned $152,760 or more. Earnings for financial analysts were slightly higher, ranging from $52,540 to $167,420. Consultants who are paid by...
Financial consultants at top firms earn generous salaries and have great benefits, but the trade-off for these perks includes long hours (almost 30 percent of consultants work more than 40 hours per week, but the hours are flexible), frequent travel, and occasional high levels of stress as consultants work to meet deadlines and satisfy the sometimes 24/7 demands of clients. On the other hand, a...
Job opportunities in the management consulting industry (a major employer of financial consultants) are expected to grow by 14 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or much faster than the average for all careers. Employment of financial analysts in the management consulting field, however, is projected to grow 21 percent, through the same period. The DOL says t...