Financial Quantitative Analysts
SOC: 13-2099.01

Description:

Develop quantitative financial products used to inform individuals or financial institutions engaged in saving, lending, investing, borrowing, or managing risk. Investigate methods for financial analysis to create mathematical models used to develop improved analytical tools or advanced financial investment instruments.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
145,200 employed

Projected (2024):
152,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Data Analyst
  • Equity Structurer
  • Financial Engineer
  • Financial Quantitative Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Structurer


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare requirements documentation for use by software developers.
  • Provide application or analytical support to researchers or traders on issues such as valuations or data.
  • Identify, track, or maintain metrics for trading system operations.
  • Collaborate in the development or testing of new analytical software to ensure compliance with user requirements, specifications, or scope.
  • Research new financial products or analytics to determine their usefulness.
  • Maintain or modify all financial analytic models in use.
  • Produce written summary reports of financial research results.
  • Interpret results of financial analysis procedures.
  • Develop core analytical capabilities or model libraries, using advanced statistical, quantitative, or econometric techniques.
  • Define or recommend model specifications or data collection methods.
  • Consult traders or other financial industry personnel to determine the need for new or improved analytical applications.
  • Confer with other financial engineers or analysts on trading strategies, market dynamics, or trading system performance to inform development of quantitative techniques.
  • Collaborate with product development teams to research, model, validate, or implement quantitative structured solutions for new or expanded markets.
  • Research or develop analytical tools to address issues such as portfolio construction or optimization, performance measurement, attribution, profit and loss measurement, or pricing models.
  • Devise or apply independent models or tools to help verify results of analytical systems.
  • Apply mathematical or statistical techniques to address practical issues in finance, such as derivative valuation, securities trading, risk management, or financial market regulation.
  • Analyze pricing or risks of carbon trading products.
  • Assess the potential impact of climate change on business financial issues, such as damage repairs, insurance costs, or potential disruptions of daily activities.
  • Develop methods of assessing or measuring corporate performance in terms of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
  • Develop solutions to help clients hedge carbon exposure or risk.
  • Develop tools to assess green technologies or green financial products, such as green hedge funds or social responsibility investment funds.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Bloomberg Professional
  • C++
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • JavaScript
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA
  • Microsoft Visual C#
  • MicroStrategy Desktop
  • Oracle software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Python
  • R
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UNIX
  • Web browser software


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800