Unless otherwise noted, data in the report are from surveys conducted from 18 January 2019 to 1 March 2019. Some totals may not equal exactly 100% due to rounding.
The CFA Institute member/candidate survey on skills, experience, and motivations includes 3,832 responses, with a margin of error of +/–1.6%. The respondents have 23 different functional roles. Overall, respondents come from the Americas (29%), Asia Pacific (33%), and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (38%); 72% are men and 27% are women, with 1% unspecified. In terms of client base, 46% work with institutions, 39% work with individuals, and for 15%, it is not applicable.
CFA Institute members are 24% of the total, and 96% are currently working in the investment industry. In terms of work experience, they are relatively evenly distributed; 28% have up to 10 years of experience, 35% have 11–20 years of experience, and 37% have 20 or more years of experience. The most common functional roles are in portfolio management at 54% (43% portfolio managers, 6% chief investment officers, and 5% managers of managers).
CFA candidates represent 76% of the total, and 75% are currently working in the investment industry. In terms of work experience, 76% of candidates have 0–5 years of work experience. Roles are much more diverse among candidates, with the most common functional role being that of analyst at 24%.
The industry leader opinion survey includes 133 responses, with a margin of error of +/–8%. Respondents come from the Americas (43%), Asia Pacific (21%), and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (36%).
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