We surveyed 650 investment fund managers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical investment fund manager. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an investment fund manager?

Low

High

Working as an investment fund manager typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that investment fund managers are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an investment fund manager?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an investment fund manager typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an investment fund manager?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an investment fund manager. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for investment fund managers.

Is being an investment fund manager stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for investment fund managers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an investment fund manager?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an investment fund manager.

How competitive is the workplace for investment fund managers?

Low

High

Investment fund managers tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being an investment fund manager require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for investment fund managers.

Are investment fund managers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Investment fund managers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do investment fund managers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally investment fund managers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being an investment fund manager physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as an investment fund managers is rarely physically demanding, making it a suitable option for those unable to perform physically strenuous tasks.

Are investment fund managers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Investment fund managers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an investment fund manager require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an investment fund manager.

Does being a good investment fund manager require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an investment fund manager.