Budget officers (or budget analysts, as they're also called by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) are executives that are responsible for creating budgets for their employers, as well as helping their employers to follow those budgets.
Typical Duties for Budget Officers
According to Monster.com, budget officers perform such tasks as creating and analyzing budgets to make sure they're efficient, as well as finding ways to make companies more profitable. Unlike those who work for companies, budget officers employed by governments or nonprofits work to make those entities more efficient with spending and help to decide how to allocate funding their organizations receive.
Working Conditions for Budget Officers
Budget officers typically work in an office environment. They spend the majority of their time working independently, and their work hours can vary depending on different cycles in a company or organization's budget year. About 44 percent of all budget officers work for federal, state, or local governments, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education Required for the Job
Most budget officers are required to have a bachelor's degree, although many employers prefer a master's degree. Typical majors for this position include accounting, finance, business, public administration, economics, statistics, political science, or sociology.
Additional Qualifications and Training
Most budget officers need to possess strong math, analysis and computer skills. Strong communication skills are also helpful since budget officers often give presentations regarding their budgets. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, budget officers who work for federal, state or local governments often train to earn a Certified Government Financial Manager designation from the Association of Government Accountants.
Budget Officer Job Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the number of budget officer jobs will grow about 6 percent between 2012 and 2022, somewhat slower than average job growth.
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