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Career Story: Budget Analyst For A Military Contractor

Budget Analyst For A Military Contractor

Job Title: Budget Anlayst

Education: BA in Performing Art, Radford University

Previous Experience: I worked as an intern for the Marine Corps when I was home for the summer from college. I now telecommute for a Marine Corps program while I stay home with my children.

Job Tasks: My company is a support contractor for the Marine Corps. We provide all of their engineering, program support and logisitical support. The program contains millions of dollars in a fiscal year. I have dealt with this program for nine years and have watched it grow. I am in charge of balancing the check book and advising on where to spend the funds. I also call organizations for their information. Information may include committing, obligating or expending the funds. I meet with the government on a weekly basis and talk to them on a daily basis. A big part of the job is making the connection with the organizations that we send the funds to. You must stay on top of the daily changes. The day is spent on 70% of the essential and 30% admin. Most of the administrative work is spent on typing out monthly reports and any kind of reimbursement that I may need. I do not travel with this certain program. I have in the past but because of the type of work I do, I am not required to. I am very fortunate to have found a job that allows me to be home with my children and to help provide income for my family. I feel very blessed to have met so many men and women that have served our country and have allowed us to have our freedom. I have learned a lot about how congress works with our funds and how things can change very quickly.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part of my job is working from home and working with a great group of people one day a week. I also love the fact that I have been with the same program for nine years. The worst part of my job is that it requires to me to stay up late some nights to complete my work.

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