Budget Analysts

Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

Budget analysts help public and private institutions examine their finances for budgetary accuracy and compliance, prepare budget reports, and monitor expenses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, budget analysts are predominantly employed by governments, universities, and private companies, and can expect job growth higher than the national average through 2020.

In 2012, U.S. budget analysts earned national median wages of $33.31 per hour, or $69,300 per year. And job prospects for budget analysts are growing well above the national rate. In 2010, 62,100 were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 68,500 by 2020, in a 10% increase creating 1,960 new jobs. Prospects for North Carolina budget analysts are even better, with a predicted 18% increase creating 40 new in-state positions over the same period. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.

If you are interested in a career in budget analysis, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most budget analysis jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and some employers prefer a master’s. After earning your BS in Statistics on NC State’s campus in Raleigh, you can pursue your MS in Statistics online, augmenting it with an online Certificate in Applied Statistics.

Education Required:

Highest level of education associated with this occupation.

#Education Level%
0High School Diploma or GED8
1Some College Courses6
2Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)6
3Bachelor's Degree65
4Master's Degree11

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