Valuation Analyst

Valuation analysts conduct tasks such as financial statement analyses; due diligence on specific economic, industry, and client company issues; and documentation that supports the firm's audit teams and clients.

Sample Companies:

 

Some of the bigger companies hiring are:

  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young
  • Colliers International

As well as:

  • Private equity firms
  • In-house finance departments

 

Salary:

Salary varies widely between valuation analysts depending on the company and the analyst's experience, The median salary is $62,359, with additional bonus opportunities.

How to get there:

In order to become a Valuation Analyst a bachelor's degree in management, economics, business, finance, accounting, or another business field is required. Although graduate school is not mandatory, a master’s degree in business, finance, or accounting is a plus. Sometimes, accountancy graduate programs even offer a valuation track.
Once you have experience in the field, you can apply to take an exam to become a CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst).

Important Qualities:

  • Experience with valuations of business entities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid research and analytical skills
  • Interest in finance

 

Advancement:

One could could advance from valuation analyst to partner, CFO, or CEO.

Relevant Classes:

  • Composition I and Advanced Composition/Writing
  • CMN 101- Public Speaking
  • CMN 211- Business Communication
  • ECON 460- Financial Economics
  • ECON 471- Intro to Applied Econometrics
  • FIN 221- Corporate Finance
  • *Actuarial Courses (MATH & FIN)

Relevant Clubs & Organizations:

  • Illini Business Financials
  • Finance Club
  • Econ Club
  • Illini Statistics Club

Sources:

https://business.vanderbilt.edu/masters-in-accounting-valuation/career-paths-support/

https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Valuation_Analyst/Salary

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