What Is An Analyst?

Patrick Curtis

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Patrick Curtis WSO Editorial Board

Expertise: Investment Banking | Private Equity

An analyst is the lowest ranking of the front-office roles within an investment bank. Some of the responsibilities of an investment-banking analyst are:

  • Creating models, valuations and projections
  • Working on prospective and live deals
  • Preparing pitch books

Analysts are usually hired into a bank right out of undergraduate studies (either directly or as a result of completing an internship within the firm) and stay there for 2-3 years before either being promoted to associate, leaving for another firm or going to Business School.

Typically an analyst will earn $70,000 as base salary with an additional bonus and will work 80-100 hours a week. Investment banking analysts undergo rigorous training which gives them a large and varied skillset which can be applied to almost any finance role, and this along with their work ethic makes them highly desirable employees.

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Patrick Curtis

Patrick Curtis is a member of WSO Editorial Board which helps ensure the accuracy of content across top articles on Wall Street Oasis. He has experience in investment banking at Rothschild and private equity at Tailwind Capital along with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is also the founder and current CEO of Wall Street Oasis. This content was originally created by member WallStreetOasis.com and has evolved with the help of our mentors.