Finance Analyst

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Finance Analyst

Financial analysis is an industry that’s ideal for anyone with a business mentality. Finance Analysts help company directors and industry leaders make big decisions about their money.

It’s achieved through analysing data and predicting financial trends. As a Finance Analyst, you can have the flexibility to work in different industries, such as technology, marketing and banking.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Help to determine a company’s value.
  • Research and identify investment opportunities.  
  • Evaluate financial trends and create an effective investment strategy.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are many paths that can help you secure a job as a Finance Analyst.

Useful subjects:

  • Maths
  • Data analysis
  • Economics
  • Accounting

Entry requirements for courses can change. Make sure you contact the college, university or training provider to find out about the necessary information.


You can study for a data apprenticeship, go to university or earn an Investment Management Certificate with CFA UK.

Mathematics is a desirable skill for Finance Analysts. A qualification in business administration is also helpful because it can provide practical experience for a business setting. 

The Accountancy Foundation Apprenticeship could be a useful starting point, as would a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration or Professional Services.

Another option is the Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland.

An understanding of economics is another key skill of a Finance Analyst. Studying for a degree in economics or accountancy is worthwhile because you can improve your business knowledge.

There are opportunities to become members of financial professional organisations like CFA UK.