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Investment Analyst

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Investment analysts study financial markets throughout the world so that they can advise fund managers and stockbrokers on the best possible investments. They usually specialise in a particular industry, such as retail or pharmaceuticals, or in a particular region, such as Europe or Asia.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for investment analysts is likely to be between £20,000 and £30,000 a year. For graduate level positions, £28,000 a year is typical.

With experience this can rise up to around £70,000 a year. Senior analysts can earn more than £100,000 a year.

Basic salary can be increased by bonuses based on performance.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You might work with stockbrokers, banks, life assurance companies, unit and investment trusts or investment fund managers. You could work for a large company that manages its own investments.

There is a lot of competition for jobs. Many jobs are in London, but there are also opportunities in other major cities including Edinburgh and Glasgow. Jobs are usually advertised in the financial press and on the internet.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
12926
2.1 %
RISE
2023
13202
  United Kingdom
2018
173925
2.4 %
RISE
2023
178116

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Certified International Investment Analyst
E-mail: info@aciia.org
Website: http://www.aciia.org
Twitter: @CIIAholders

Chartered Financial Analysts Society of the UK (CFA UK)
Tel: 020 7648 6200
E-mail: info@cfauk.org
Website: http://www.cfauk.org
Twitter: @cfauk

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
Tel: 020 7645 0600
E-mail: customersupport@cisi.org
Website: http://www.cisi.org
Twitter: @CISI

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Tel: 0800 111 6768
Website: http://www.fca.org.uk
Twitter: @TheFCA

The FCA is the regulatory authority for the financial services industry in the UK. Their aim is to protect consumers, ensure the industry remains stable and promote healthy competition between financial services providers.

Scottish Investment Operations (SIO)
Website: http://www.sio.org.uk

SIO is a professional body working on behalf of Scotland's investment industry. They produce a free, downloadable career information booklet called 'Growing Careers in Investments'. They also list vacancies on their web site.

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