Financial analysts determine people’s financial status. They collect, monitor and study data so that they can compare an individual or company’s finances with the nation’s average. They are analyzers and innovators that have an eye for detail, skilled at interpreting information, and using those interpretations to make the best financial decisions. Financial Analysts should have strong analytical, decision making, and mathematical skills. They should also be detail-oriented and have some sort of computer skills. Their responsibilities include determining costs of operations, compare performance reports to financial planning and forecasts, and recommend financial actions to management. Financial Analysts also protect confidential financial information, reconcile transactions, and input and update information in company’s databases. Many financial analysts begin their career by getting a bachelor’s degree in business. Financial Analyst jobs are projected to grow at an average rate of 6% over the next decade ending in 2028.