Hedge Fund Risk Managers

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Risk managers identify, analyze, and work to reduce risks at hedge fund firms. These risks range from financial risks to concerns about a firm’s compliance, operational, or Information Technology divisions. Risk managers are also known as chief risk officers and risk officers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chief Risk Officers, Risk Associates, Risk Officers
Duties Identify, analyze, and mitigate risks
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York City; Chicago; Greenwich, CT; Boston; San Francisco; Dallas; Stamford, CT; and in other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Ten years in lower-level risk management positions or in other hedge fund careers (chief risk officer); One or two years of experience (internship, co-op, part-time job) in a risk management position (risk associate)
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Managing Partner
  • General Partner
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Risk Manager
  • Risk Management Associate

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