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:


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 £22,000 and £30,000 a year. After some experience you can expect to earn up to around £55,000. After a number of years' experience you can earn £65,000 to £100,000 a year. Senior analysts can earn more.

Basic salary can be increased by bonuses based on performance.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Certified International Investment Analyst
Twitter: @CIIAholders

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
Tel: 020 7645 0777
Twitter: @CISI

Scottish Investment Operations (SIO)
Tel: 0131 247 7700
Twitter: @ScotInvOps

SIO is a professional body working on behalf of Scotland's investment industry. They have a slideshow on their website explaining more about the investment industry.

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