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Investment Fund Managers
SOC Code: 11-9199.03

Plan, direct, or coordinate investment strategy or operations for a large pool of liquid assets supplied by institutional investors or individual investors.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Vice President, Investment Analysis; Equity Analyst; Fixed Income Portfolio Manager; Investment Analyst; Lead Portfolio Manager; Portfolio Manager; Senior Investment Analyst; Senior Portfolio Manager; Vice President and Portfolio Manager; Vice President, Fixed Income

Tasks

  • Manage investment funds to maximize return on client investments.
  • Select specific investments or investment mixes for purchase by an investment fund.
  • Monitor financial or operational performance of individual investments to ensure portfolios meet risk goals.
  • Select or direct the execution of trades.
  • Develop or implement fund investment policies or strategies.
  • Perform or evaluate research, such as detailed company or industry analyses, to inform financial forecasting, decision making, or valuation.
  • Present investment information, such as product risks, fees, or fund performance statistics.
  • Develop, implement, or monitor security valuation policies.
  • Meet with investors to determine investment goals or to discuss investment strategies.
  • Attend investment briefings or consult financial media to stay abreast of relevant investment markets.
  • Prepare for and respond to regulatory inquiries.
  • Evaluate the potential of new product developments or market opportunities, according to factors such as business plans, technologies, or market potential.
  • Hire or evaluate staff.
  • Monitor regulatory or tax law changes to ensure fund compliance or to capitalize on development opportunities.
  • Develop or direct development of offering documents or marketing materials.
  • Analyze acquisitions to ensure conformance with strategic goals or regulatory requirements.
  • Verify regulatory compliance of transaction reporting.
  • Review offering documents or marketing materials to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Identify group or individual target investors for a specific fund.
  • Direct activities of accounting or operations departments.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Financial accounting software
  • Analytical or scientific software - Risk analysis software; SAS ; Statistical analysis software
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD Blue Sky
  • Data base user interface and query software - Microsoft Access ; Structured query language SQL
  • Document management software - ReadSoft
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Oracle Hyperion ; SAP
  • Financial analysis software - Portfolio analysis software; SunGard Financial Systems AddVantage
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Microsoft Visio
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Map creation software - Microsoft MapPoint
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Special purpose telephones - Multiline telephone systems
  • Teleconference equipment - Teleconferencing equipment
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment

Knowledge

  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Interests

  • Interest code: EC
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 87% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 61% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 63% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 59% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 47% responded “Important results.”
  • Contact With Others - 51% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 47% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 32% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 40% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 32% responded “Very important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 29% responded “Extremely important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
63%Master's degree
33%Bachelor's degree
2%Post-master's certificate

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $50.77 hourly, $105,610 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 992,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 79,200

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