Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts


Also called : Certified Fraud Examiner, Confidential Investigator, Financial Investigator, Forensic Accountant, Forensic Audit Expert, Inspector General, Investigator, Special Investigation Unit Investigator

What they do


Obtain evidence, take statements, produce reports, and testify to findings regarding resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Law and Government
      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Economics and Accounting
      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Computers and Electronics
      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    SKILLS


    • Writing
      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    ABILITIES


    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Inductive Reasoning
      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Risk management data and analysis software

    • Spreadsheet software

    • Transaction security and virus protection software

    • Word processing software

    • Accounting software

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Audit software

    • Business intelligence and data analysis software

    • Cloud-based data access and sharing software

    • Cloud-based management software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Considerable Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Four-year bachelor degree

    • Experience

      A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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