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Private Equity Research Analysts and Associates

Overview

Private equity (PE) research analysts and associates conduct research on potential investment targets (i.e., companies to purchase outright or invest in) for PE funds. These investment targets are provided by their employer, and analysts and associates are also expected to generate their own ideas about potential acquisition targets. They also conduct due diligence on primary funds and other investments, monitor the performance of portfolio companies and make suggestions for improvement, and perform other tasks as assigned by managing partners. At some firms, the terms “analyst” and “associate” are used interchangeably. At other employers, these titles entail specific job duties or levels of experience. 

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Enterprising

Problem-Solving

Realistic

Career Ladder
Managing Partner

Junior Partner/General Partner

Principal/Vice President

Senior Associate

Analyst/Associate