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Budget Analyst

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Budget Analysts Career Video

About This Career

Examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyzes budgeting and accounting reports.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Business Finance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Summarizes budgets and submits recommendations for the approval or disapproval of funds requests.
  • Analyzes monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls.
  • Examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations.
  • Directs the preparation of regular and special budget reports.
  • Provides advice and technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.
  • Compiles and analyzes accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement a program.
  • Reviews operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs.
  • Interprets budget directives and establishes policies for carrying out directives.
  • Matches appropriations for specific programs with appropriations for broader programs, including items for emergency funds.
  • Consults with managers to ensure that budget adjustments are made in accordance with program changes.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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