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Certification or Licensing

Certification is not required, but job-seekers who are certified, or who express a willingness to recruiters to become certified, will improve their chances of getting hired. Many certification programs are available, but some are only open to those with several years of on-the-job experience. One credential that’s available to those with either a bachelor’s degree or those who are in the last year of undergraduate study is the three-level chartered financial analyst (CFA) program, which is administered by the CFA Institute. It takes an average of four years to complete the CFA program. According to the CFA Institute, “completing the CFA Program shows employers and clients you have mastered a broad range of practical portfolio management and advanced investment analysis skills.”

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