Government Budget Analyst

Occupation Information table
Overview: Government budget analysts examine current budget requests submitted by government agencies and decide the amount of funds to allocate based on the government's spending priorities. They analyze past accounting records to assure new requests are valid.
Duties: They analyze government agencies' requests for funds to determine if amounts requested are compatible with past spending patterns and whether funds needed for new projects are realistic.

They make comparisons between government funds available and budget requests. They recommend to each agency the amount of budget cuts needed.

They confer with government executives to establish budget priorities that enable critical projects to receive funds needed.

They investigate government agency budget requests that appear to be unjustified or have overlapping or duplicate activities. They report irregularities to government executives.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $37,000 to $42,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most government agencies require applicants to have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting with a concentration of courses in business administration, finance, economics, statistics and public administration. Computer skills are essential and should include spreadsheets, databases and graphics. A master's in business administration (MBA) will facilitate advancement.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.