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Investment analyst

Investment analysts help stock market traders, stockbrokers and fund managers make decisions about investments.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £100,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; away from home

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Investment analyst jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • finding new investment opportunities
  • researching the financial performance of your target companies
  • keeping up to date with political and economic developments that may affect the financial markets
  • examining company accounts
  • analysing data
  • producing reports for fund managers and stockbrokers

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a graduate training scheme
University

You'll usually need a degree at upper second class or higher. Most degree subjects are accepted, but you may find these particularly useful:

  • economics
  • maths
  • business studies
  • accountancy
  • finance

If your degree is not related to business or finance, you could do a relevant postgraduate qualification like a master's in business administration (MBA).

Some companies offer internship placements for university students to get experience before they graduate. There can be a lot of competition for these, so it's a good idea to prepare as much as you can for the placement interview.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a senior investment and commercial banking professional degree apprenticeship. This is at level 7, which is equivalent to a master's qualification.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Other routes

You could start as a graduate trainee in an investment bank or a stockbroking firm. Trainees must pass an exam that is recognised by the Financial Conduct Authority. These include:Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the UK; Investment Advice Diploma through the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

You may find it useful to have knowledge of a specific industry for some jobs, for example experience in areas like energy, engineering or life sciences could be helpful.

Language skills, particularly French, German or Japanese, can also be useful if you're working with overseas clients and markets.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join organisations like the CFA Institute and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment for professional recognition and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an investment analyst from:Finance Conduct Authority; CFA Institute; Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

With experience and a good track record, you could become a stockbroker and progress to account manager or fund manager.

You could also become a freelance investment consultant.

You could join organisations like the CFA Institute and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment for professional recognition and training opportunities.

You can find out more about becoming an investment analyst from:

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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