Research Analyst - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What skills are required to be a research analyst?  
  2. What is the most important skill an analyst should possess?
  3. How do Research and Investment Banking differ?
  4. What are the typical hours?  
  5. How much do analysts interact with senior analysts covering other sectors?
  6. If Baird does not recruit on my campus, how do I apply?
1. What skills are required to be a research analyst?
Analysts should have a proficiency in financial modeling and accounting (financial statements), as well as superior writing and communication skills.

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2. What is the most important skill an analyst should possess? 
There is a misconception that analysts crunch numbers for a living. While this is indeed an important part of our job, analysts must also be extremely capable writers, because it is our primary method of communicating with clients.

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3. How do Research and Investment Banking differ?
Research and Investment Banking use many of the same skills, but research analysts tend to write more than banking analysts. Go to Investment Banking to learn more.

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4. What are the typical hours? 
Analysts generally work about 60 hours a week, but this can vary from day to day. During reporting season, for example, some days can last up to 15 hours, while at other times, the workload will be less busy, with shorter hours than usual.

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5. How much do analysts interact with senior analysts covering other sectors?
For the most part, analysts only work directly with the people on your sector team. However, different sectors within the same industry may overlap in certain areas, making discussion with other analysts useful.

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6. If Baird does not recruit on my campus, how do I apply? 
Apply online through our Web site. 

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