Your passport to professional success
Achieving your CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) charter can place you among the elite in the investment management profession. It's the most respected and valued credential in the global finance community – and your passport to advancement within the investment management profession.
Virtually every major financial services firm, consultancy, bank, brokerage, and insurance company worldwide employs CFA charterholders. The CFA charter provides a strong foundation for a wide range of career paths in the investment profession.
The most frequently held positions among charterholders are analysts and portfolio managers, though many serve as senior managers, strategists, and advisors. A great many also sit in the executive suite. The firms that hire them know that the charter signifies not only subject area competence, but also a dedication to knowledge, professional expertise, and high ethical standards.
Charterholders tell the story
- Worldwide, the total pay gap between those with a charter and those without it is substantial, regardless of experience.
- Median 2007 U.S. compensation was $195,000, and for those with 10+ years of experience, that figure rose to $264,000.
- Depending on occupation, CFA Institute members in the United States reported median compensation ranging from $158,000 to $456,000 per year.
- Overall, compensation was highest in the United States and the United Kingdom, but varied by position, years of experience, and country.*
*To learn more about the CFA survey results, visit www.cfainstitute.org
Professional networking opportunities
As a CFA candidate, you can join CFA Institute and local investment societies. These memberships offer a multitude of ongoing educational, professional development, and networking opportunities, as well as members-only access to CFA Institute's and local societies' job sites.