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

  • Summarize budgets and submit recommendations for the approval or disapproval of funds requests.
  • Analyze monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls.
  • Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations.
  • Direct the preparation of regular and special budget reports.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.
  • Compile and analyze accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement a program.
  • Review operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs.
  • Interpret budget directives and establish policies for carrying out directives.
  • Match appropriations for specific programs with appropriations for broader programs, including items for emergency funds.
  • Consult with managers to ensure that budget adjustments are made in accordance with program changes.
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses to compare operating programs, review financial requests, or explore alternative financing methods.
  • Seek new ways to improve efficiency and increase profits.
  • Testify before examining and fund-granting authorities, clarifying and promoting the proposed budgets.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 76% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 79% responded "Every day".
  • Telephone — 79% responded "Every day".
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 68% responded "Extremely important".
  • Contact With Others — 57% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 52% responded "Extremely important".
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Work Activities
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Analyze budgetary or accounting data.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.
  • Discuss business strategies, practices, or policies with managers.
  • Analyze business or financial data.
  • Advise others on financial matters.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.
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Economics and Accounting
  • Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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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.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Using mathematics to solve problems.
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Number Facility
  • The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Mathematical Reasoning
  • The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Word processing software
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  • Word processing software
Development environment software
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  • Business Objects Data Integrator
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Bachelor's Degree or
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
usually needed

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