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Market Risk Analyst

One of the accounting roles we anticipate as a high demand hire throughout this year, and in the future, is Market Risk Analyst.

Market Risk Analysts provide a company or investors with information on market trends. In order to provide a comprehensive market assessment, Risk Analysts must have an overall grasp of the industry in which they are conducting research.

Information provided by analysts will be used by the company to make informed decisions about possible investments and proposed ventures.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% employment growth rate for Market Risk Analysts during the 2014-2024 decade, which is faster than average for this type of professional position.

Market Risk Analysts perform research to determine the probability of asset loss or reward from investments in their industry. The main areas of focus for a Market Risk Analyst would be:

  • Conduct statistical analysis

  • Develop risk management systems

  • Consult with securities traders

  • Report and present research results

Most companies require analysts to hold at least a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degree programs in finance, business, accounting, and statistics may best prepare students for a career in risk analysis. Some companies may prefer to hire a candidate with a graduate degree, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a master's degree in finance. An MBA program with a financial focus would offer relevant courses in managing corporate investment portfolios and analyzing interest rate fluctuations.

Some employers may expect candidates to have professional certifications, such as the credential offered by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. The CFA designation demonstrates a professional dedication to employers, as it typically takes four years to complete the curriculum and pass three required exams. Additionally, CFAs must adhere to a code of professional ethics and standards. Financial Analysts, including Market Risk Analysts, are also subject to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) licensing regulations.

For finance organizations selling stocks or making decisions based on market conditions and fluctuations, a Market Risk Analyst is a “must have” member of the team.