Many people become a financial analyst with an accounting degree, and in fact, many employers prefer it. Learning accounting can be very challenging, so starting off with a degree in the field can be a great way to jumpstart your career as a financial analyst, and stand out from the crowd as well. Many anlaysts that work in investment banking, equity research, or financial planning and anlaysis (FP&A) have accounting degrees.
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.
A well rounded financial analyst possesses all of the above skills!
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: