While becoming a financial analyst with an economics degree is possible, it is not the most common path. Many universities that only offer liberal arts degrees have economics as the closest major to business or finance. At these schools (most of the Ivy League) it is more common to go from an economics degree to being a financial analyst. Since there are not many economist jobs, most people with these degrees make their way into finance, accounting, or other areas of business.
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: