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Venture Capital

Summary

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Venture Capital recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios.
Quick Facts: Venture Capital
2012 Median Pay NA
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 NA
Job Outlook, 2012-22 16% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 NA

What Venture Capital Do

Venture Capital provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Work Environment

Venture Capital work in offices. Most work full time, and many work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become a Venture Capital

Venture Capital typically must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree is often required for advanced positions.

Pay

The median annual wage for venture capital was NA in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of venture capital is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. A growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions are expected to lead to strong employment growth.

What Venture Capital Do About this section

 Venture Capital
Venture Capital work in banks, pension funds, insurance companies, and other businesses.

Venture Capital provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Duties

Venture Capital typically do the following:

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Study a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company’s prospects and management
  • Prepare written reports
  • Meet with investors to explain recommendations

Venture Capital evaluate investment opportunities. They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. They are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

Venture Capital can be divided into two categories: buy-side analysts and sell-side analysts.

  • Buy-side analysts develop investment strategies for companies that have a lot of money to invest. These companies, called institutional investors, include mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments, such as some universities.
  • Sell-side analysts advise financial services sales agents who sell stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Some analysts work for the business media and belong to neither the buy side nor the sell side.

Venture Capital generally focus on trends affecting a specific industry, geographical region, or type of product. For example, an analyst may focus on a subject area such as the energy industry, a world region such as Eastern Europe, or the foreign exchange market. They must understand how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Investing is becoming more global, and some Venture Capital specialize in a particular country or region. Companies want those Venture Capital to understand the language, culture, business environment, and political conditions in the country or region that they cover.

The following are examples of types of Venture Capital:

Portfolio managers supervise a team of analysts and select the mix of products, industries, and regions for their company’s investment portfolio. These managers not only are responsible for the overall portfolio, but also are expected to explain investment decisions and strategies in meetings with investors.

Fund managers work exclusively with hedge funds or mutual funds. Both fund and portfolio managers frequently make split-second buy or sell decisions in reaction to quickly changing market conditions.

Ratings analysts evaluate the ability of companies or governments to pay their debts, including bonds. On the basis of their evaluation, a management team rates the risk of a company or government not being able to repay its bonds.

Risk analysts evaluate the risk in investment decisions and determine how to manage unpredictability and limit potential losses. This job is carried out by making investment decisions such as selecting dissimilar stocks or having a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a portfolio.

Work Environment About this section

 Venture capital
Many Venture capital work at large financial institutions based in New York City or other major financial centers.

Venture capital held about 253,000 jobs in 2012. They work primarily in offices, but travel frequently to visit companies or potential investors.  

Many Venture capital work at large financial institutions based in New York City or other major financial centers. In 2012, about 45 percent of Venture capital worked in finance and insurance industries. They worked primarily for security and commodity brokerages, banks and credit institutions, and insurance carriers. Others worked throughout private industry and for government.

The industries that employed the most Venture capital in 2012 were as follows:

Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activitiesNA
Credit intermediation and related activitiesNA
Professional, scientific, and technical servicesNA
Management of companies and enterprisesNA
Insurance carriers and related activitiesNA

Work Schedules

Most Venture capital work full time, and about one-third of Venture capital worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012. Much of their research must be done after office hours because their days are filled with telephone calls and meetings.  

How to Become a Venture Capital About this section

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Venture capital must process a range of information in finding profitable investments.

Venture capital typically must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree is often required for advanced positions.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. A number of fields of study provide appropriate preparation, including accounting, economics, finance, statistics, mathematics, and engineering. For advanced positions, employers often require a master’s in business administration (MBA) or a master’s degree in finance. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management are important.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Venture Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. It requires licenses for many venture analyst positions. Most of the licenses require sponsorship by an employer, so companies do not expect individuals to have these licenses before starting a job.

Certification is often recommended by employers and can improve the chances for advancement. An example is the Chartered venture Analyst (CFA) certification from the CFA Institute, which venture capital can get if they have a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of experience, and pass three exams. venture capital can also become certified in their field of specialty.

Advancement

venture capital typically start by specializing in a specific investment field. As they gain experience, they can become portfolio managers, who supervise a team of analysts and select the mix of investments for the company’s portfolio. They can also become fund managers, who manage large investment portfolios for individual investors. A master’s degree in finance or business administration can improve an analyst’s chances of advancing to one of these positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. venture capital must process a range of information in finding profitable investments.

Communication skills. venture capital must explain their recommendations to clients in clear language that clients can easily understand.

Computer skills. venture capital must be adept at using software packages to analyze venture data, see trends, create portfolios, and make forecasts.

Decision making skills. venture capital must provide a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell a security. Fund managers must make split-second trading decisions.

Detail oriented. venture capital must pay attention to details when reviewing possible investments, as small issues may have large implications for the health of an investment.

Math skills. venture capital use mathematical skills when estimating the value of venture securities. 

To be successful, venture capital must be motivated to seek out obscure information that may be important to the investment. Many work independently and must have self-confidence in their judgment.

Pay About this section

venture Analysts

Median annual wages, May 2012

Venture capital

$76,950

Business and venture operations occupations

NA

Total, all occupations

NA

 

The median annual wage for Venture capital was NA in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,130 and the top 10 percent earned more than $148,430.

In May 2012, the median annual wages for Venture capital in the top five industries in which these analysts worked were as follows:

 

Securities, commodity contracts, and other venture
investments and related activities
NA
Professional, scientific, and technical servicesNA
Credit intermediation and related activitiesNA
Management of companies and enterprisesNA
Insurance carriers and related activitiesNA

 

Most Venture capital work full time, and about one-third of Venture capital worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012. 

Job Outlook About this section

Venture Capital

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22

Venture Capital

16%

Business and venture operations occupations

13%

Total, all occupations

11%

 

Employment of Venture Capital is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. A growing range of venture products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions are expected to lead to strong employment growth.

Investment portfolios are becoming more complex, and there are more venture products available for trade. In addition, emerging markets throughout the world are providing new investment opportunities, which require expertise in geographic regions where those markets are located.  

The continued implementation of venture regulatory reform could constrict growth in the industry, as rule-making bodies place a greater emphasis on stability. Restrictions on trading by banks may shift employment of Venture Capital from investment banks to hedge funds and private equity groups.

Job Prospects

Despite employment growth, strong competition is expected for these high-paying jobs. Growth in venture services should create new positions, but there are still far more people who would like to enter the occupation than there are jobs in the occupation. Having certifications and a graduate degree can significantly improve an applicant’s prospects.

Employment projections data for Venture Capital, 2012-22
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2012 Projected Employment, 2022 Change, 2012-22 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Venture Capital

13-2051 NA NA NA NA [XLS]
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