Chartered Financial Analyst!!! You have already rewarded yourself with an appreciated and desired certification. There’s nothing more that one could want. But behold! You still have to get a job, a CFA job or at least work for a living. And I am sure you don’t want to miss out on the career prospects that you have after completing the CFA course. After working so hard you should get the best that you deserve. Don’t grab any jobs that are offered, you have options; explore them and choose what’s best for you!
Here are some jobs that a CFA qualified professional can take up:
• Portfolio Manager: Under this profile, a person makes investment decisions relating to the money of other people who have given the control of that money in the manager’s hand or a person who is in charge of a firm’s asset and liability (loan and deposit) portfolios. CFA focuses on training you to become a portfolio manager so this job is a complimentary job given by the CFA Institute.
• Risk Manager: A person who predicts as well as manages the risks that a firm faces or might face in the future. How to cope up and avoid such risks, analysing its effects is the work of a risk analyst. The CFA course with its widespread content on managing risk coaches you well enough to become coherent Risk manager.
• Chief Executive: This profile will make you the highest and the senior most corporate officer who is in charge of managing a profit organisation. You will be in charge of maximising the value of entity. He behaves as a decision maker, a leader, a manager and an executor. CFA helps you acquire leadership and managerial qualities along with firm decision making traits.
• Research Analyst: Also known as a financial analyst, securities analyst, rating analyst, investment analyst or equity analyst is a person whose job is to analyse the financial records of a firm for its clients. He is to give reports and notes to its clients after analysing all that the client would want to know. CFA prepares you to analyse and derive the information about a firm in such an efficient way that you don’t miss out on anything.
• Financial Advisor: A person who provides advice and guidance to firms or individuals on investment and making finance related decisions. They help them make the right decisions and direct them to a higher profit making area. The CFA course helps you analyse the best out of a situation which helps the CFA candidates to make accurate and the best decisions. They are well prepared to make the best of a scenario.
• Consultant: A consultant is a person who provides professional advice and suggestions that will benefit a firm. They can be internal, functioning within a company or external providing advice and help outside a company. The CFA course covers corporate finance and alternative investments which helps you make correct decisions and advice people according to their requirements and background.
• Accountant/Auditor: An accountant or auditor keeps tracks of all the financial incomes and outcomes of a business. It sees to it that no entry has been omitted or entered incorrectly. The CFA course focuses on financial reporting and analysis which automatically trains us to become an accountant, with ease.
• Investment Banking Analyst: A person who analyses and contemplates all the possibilities of an investment. He directs the investment process and makes individuals and firms aware of mergers and accusations. The CFA course has a section of equity investments, corporate investments, fixed incomes and economics which directly grooms you for this job with ease.
• Corporate Financial Analyst: A person who follows and analyses an assigned company’s financial workings – going over financial statements, expenses, tax rates, and the like – in order to develop an understanding of where the company makes and where the company loses money. The CFA course aims at making you an efficient financial analyst and that is what you become and if you hold a CFA certification, no power in the world can deprive you of a financial analyst’s designation.
Top global companies that hire CFA chart holders:
Below is a wonderful infographic by the CFA Institute depicting the top 10 employers of CFA Charterholders.
This graphic shows the top ten employers of CFA charterholders and candidates globally.
Companies are ranked by their combined total of total candidates and CFA charterholders.
*CFA Program statistics are based on June 2014 candidates. CFA Institute Member statistics are from June 2014.
**Top employer data is self-reported and not verified by CFA Institute. Counts are approximate based on data from June 2014.
CFA is a specialized course in finance and offers a number of lucrative career opportunities in the field. Unlike other courses where the candidate is open to pursuing a career only after completing the course, this course offers job opportunities relevant to the field right after the completion of the first level only i.e. completion of the Level I CFA exam. As you clear the other levels of the CFA exam, you are offered better career opportunities in the same field which helps you grow vertically in your career. With experience and skills, the earning range of the candidate increases to a scale of up to Rs.20 lakhs in India.
EduPristine offers training courses for all the three levels of the CFA Program- Level I CFA exam, Level II CFA exam, and Level III CFA exam. The CFA course training is designed to suit the needs of working professionals since the majority of the candidates start a career after graduation. The training is divided into three parts similar to the levels of the CFA exam. Candidates can enroll for the training level they wish to, i.e. it is not mandatory to enroll for all three levels of training. To know more about the CFA course training, CFA course fees, please contact the counselors at EduPristine.