Investment professionals such as financial analysts, fund managers, endowment managers, and chief investment officers are responsible for creating an investment strategy to benefit their clients, companies, or others they serve. Some investment professionals work for a stock exchange, others for an investment firm, while still others work for a foundation and manage a large portfolio of investments.
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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that median annual earnings of financial analysts employed in all industries were $85,660 in May 2018. Top earners (the top 10 percent) made more than $167,420, and the lowest salaries (the lowest 10 percent) made less than $52,540. Financial analysts who worked in Wyoming ($139,660), New York ($137,270), and California ($109,640) received the highest mean a...
Most investment professionals work in an office setting. Some may work out of their homes. They spend much of their time working on a computer, doing research, and compiling data. If employed full time, they typically work a standard 40-hour week.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for financial analysts is expected to grow 6 percent through 2028, about as fast as the average for all careers. Employment for personal financial advisors is expected to grow by 7 percent during this same time span, which is faster than the average. Demand will be driven by the widening range and increasing complexity of financial products ...