Budget Analyst  What They Do

Just the Facts


Examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyzes budgeting and accounting reports for the purpose of maintaining expenditure controls.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Business Finance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Directs the preparation of regular and special budget reports.
  • Analyzes monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls.
  • Provides advice and technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.
  • Examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations.
  • Summarizes budgets and submits recommendations for the approval or disapproval of funds requests.
  • Reviews operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs.
  • Consults with managers to ensure that budget adjustments are made in accordance with program changes.
  • Compiles and analyzes accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement a program.
  • Performs cost-benefit analyses to compare operating programs, review financial requests, or explore alternative financing methods.
  • Interprets budget directives and establishes policies for carrying out directives.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cost Analyst -- Researches and analyzes costs for an organization's projects, departments and future ventures to provide information and insights about expenses and determine profitability margins.
  • Financial Analyst -- Collects and analyzes financial information such as economic forecasts, trading volumes and the movement of capital, financial backgrounds of companies, historical performances and future trends of stocks, bonds and other investment instruments to provide