Investment analysts study the performance of stocks and shares, and produce information to help fund managers make decisions about which investments to buy. They can work for in-house fund managers, investment management companies, investment banks or firms of stockbrokers.
Investment analysts will normally:
Investment analysts often work as part of a team alongside stockbrokers, providing them with the information needed to manage their clients' investment portfolios successfully.
Investment analysts work long, irregular hours which can include weekend work.The London Stock Exchange opens at 8am so investment analysts are likely to be at their desks from 7am.
The work is mainly office-based, but travel is common while conducting research and meeting clients. Some travel abroad could be necessary if dealing with overseas clients.
To be an investment analyst you should:
Language skills - particularly German, Japanese and French - can be useful if working with overseas clients and markets.
Although some investment analysts work in small national firms, most employers are now international companies. Many jobs are based in London, but there are opportunities in other cities such as Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds and others. Work is also available overseas at other major financial centres.
Promotion is dependent on past performance, and competition can be fierce. After gaining a few years of experience, it is possible to move into other roles such as fund manager or stockbroker, or to become self-employed.
If you would like to find out more about becoming an investment analyst that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC)
51 Gresham Street
Tel: 020 7216 7366
Securities & Investment Institute (SII)
24 Monument Street
Tel: 020 7645 0680
UK Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP)
90 Basinghall Street
Tel: 020 7796 3000
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
25 The North Colonnade
Tel: 020 7066 1000