Financial Analyst vs. Actuary

Financial Analyst vs. Actuary

A financial analyst’s job is to collect, interpret, and analyze financial information. An actuary, by contrast, is a person who measures and evaluates risk and probabilities by using actuarial sciences. One of the main differences between a financial analyst vs. an actuary is that the former works in banking or on the finance team of a company, while the latter works for insurance companies. Both professions deal with numbers, but financial analysts deal with financial information, while actuaries deal with risk analysis.

Analyst Certification FMVA® Program

Below is a break down of subject weightings in the FMVA® financial analyst program. As you can see there is a heavy focus on financial modeling, finance, Excel, business valuation, budgeting/forecasting, PowerPoint presentations, accounting and business strategy.


Financial Analyst certification curriculum


A well rounded financial analyst possesses all of the above skills!


Additional Questions & Answers

CFI is the global institution behind the financial modeling and valuation analyst FMVA® Designation. CFI is on a mission to enable anyone to be a great financial analyst and have a great career path. In order to help you advance your career, CFI has compiled many resources to assist you along the path.

In order to become a great financial analyst, here are some more questions and answers for you to discover:

  • What is financial modeling?
  • How do you build a DCF model?
  • What is sensitivity analysis?
  • How do you value a business?


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