The PathMatch Guide to

Financial Analysis

A Day in the Life

Financial Analysts use past and present data to help their company determine solid financial plans for the future.  A Financial Analyst makes business recommendations for an organization based on analyses they carry out on factors like market trends, the financial status of a company (or companies) and the predicted outcomes of a certain type of deal.

Work Responsibilities

Skills You'll Need

  • Synthesize complex analysis and ideas to communicate them in a straightforward manner (both verbally and via email / PowerPoint)
  • Build and maintain complex financial models, develop and use financial modeling tools, and construct financial statements
  • Use database and programming languages such as SQL and Python to manipulate and analyze data
  • And more...

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

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Example Jobs

Real World Professionals

Growth Path

  1. Financial Analyst
  2. Finance Manager
  3. Director of Finance
  4. VP of Finance/CFO

Demand for Talent

  • One of the most in-demand in the accounting and finance field
  • Demand has steadily risen for this role over the past few years
  • States with most demand: New York, California, Texas, and Illinois
  • States with projected growth in demand: Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Washington


Financial Analyst
Finance Manager
Director of Finance
VP of Finance/CFO

Teams You'll Work With


Work/Life Balance Score

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Job Stability Score

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Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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