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Venture Capital Chief Financial Officers

Outlook

Job opportunities for financial managers (including chief financial officers) who work with funds, trusts, and other financial vehicles will grow by nearly 15 percent, much faster than the average, through 2029, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Despite this prediction, it will be tough to land a job. The venture capital industry is small and only a finite number of positions are available. Some smaller firms do not have CFOs on staff, and there is only one CFO per firm at the firms that do employ these professionals. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected most industries, but venture capital firms have remained active throughout. Venture capital firms have been able to continue conducting business remotely and have not experienced the disruptions that other industries have experienced. According to findings from a University of British Columbia survey of venture capitalists at more than 900 venture capital firms, "...the most dire predictions of the impact of COVID-19 on venture capital have not materialized. Although the pandemic has not yet run its course and a lot of uncertainty remains, our evidence suggests that the VC industry and its portfolio companies have reduced their activity less than in previous recessions and have been more resilient than many other sectors of the global economy." 

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