Credit analysts specialize in determining a business's or individual's credit worthiness. A credit analyst looks at all past credit purchases and, based on their findings, decides if a person or a corporation is worthy to receive a loan. The majority of credit analysts have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, business, economics, or accounting. It is suggested that people with this job enjoy working with numbers, because they will be reviewing numerical figures as a part of their daily function. He or she will usually work indoors in an office environment. Credit analysts must have excellent communication skills, be great listeners, and be able to perform multiple tasks. Analysts can be employed by major banks, credit unions, investment management groups, and the U.S. Department of State, to name a few. They usually work Monday through Friday, but this can change. If an analyst is working on a major case decision for a corporation, for example, work outside of normal hours may be required. Credit analysts not only make decisions on credit worthiness; they also recommend steps to improve credit ratings. Customers can range from corporations to individuals trying to secure a loan. This is a professional, white-collar job. There is a high demand and growth opportunities for credit analysts because the economy is constantly changing.
Credit Analyst Tasks
- Ensure that approved accounts remain in good standing.
- Establish terms for approved credit requests.
- Assess credit risk.
- Aggregate and evaluate data related to credit and credit risk to support organizational decision-making.