Research & Data

Here are some key facts and figures regarding our global presence:

  • We have more than 135,000 members in 150 countries/territories.
  • There are local member societies in more than 70 countries/territories.
  • More than 300 universities around the world have incorporated the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their own academic programs.
  • More than 4,000 students from 865 universities around the world participated in the 2014-2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge season.

CFA Institute facts and statistics (PDF)

CFA Program Candidate Statistics

159,958 candidates registered for the June 2015 CFA Program exam. These aspiring investment management professionals ranged in age from 21 to 65 and 75% reported they have full- or part-time jobs.

Top job functions of employed candidates

8%   Portfolio/fund management
7%   Research and analysis, buy-side
7%   Risk management
7%   Consulting services
6%   Corporate finance
6%   Accounting
Learn more about what surveyed June 2015 CFA exam candidates reported, including
  • Their reasons for enrolling in the program
  • How they prepared for the June 2015 exam
  • What they think about their future employment opportunities

CFA Institute Membership Statistics

22% Portfolio Manager, 15% Research Analyst, 7% Chief-Level Executive, 6% Consultant, 5% Risk Manager, 5% Corporate Financial Analyst, 5% Relationship Manager, 5% Financial Advisor

CFA Institute has more than 135,000 members in 150 countries and territories.*

62% North America, 1% Latin America & Caribbean, 17% Europe, 3% Middle East & Africa, 17% Asia Pacific

Top Employers Globally

This graphic shows the top ten employers of CFA charterholders and candidates globally.**
Companies are ranked by their combined total of total candidates and CFA charterholders.
Top ten companies include JP Morgan Chase, PwC, HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, Ernst & Young, RBC, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.

TC = Total Candidates, CFA Charterholders = CFA, JP Morgan Chase – TC 1560/CFA 1524, PricewaterhouseCoopers – TC 1729/CFA698, HSBC – TC 1343/CFA 1063, Bank of America Merrill Lynch – TC 1052/CFA 1355, UBS – TC 797/CFA 1445, Ernst & Young – TC 1551/CFA 568, RBC – TC 830/CFA 1236, Citigroup – TC 1109/CFA 917, Morgan Stanley – TC 776/CFA 900, Wells Fargo – TC 520/CFA 1051

*CFA Institute member geographic distribution statistics are from June 2014.

**Top employer data is self-reported and not verified by CFA Institute. Counts are approximate based on data from June 2014.