Budget Examiner

Check that government money is going to the right programs.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$45,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Budget Examiners do?

Creating a budget for the household is complicated enough, but creating or revamping an entire state’s budget makes most of us want to pour a stiff drink. But not Budget Examiners! A Budget Examiner enjoys number crunching like most people enjoy popcorn munching, which is a good thing, because they do a lot of it (the numbers, but also the popcorn if you want to).

Your job as Budget Examiner is typically performed within upper-governmental echelons, and you take an active role in helping to develop the budget. Rather than just one overall budget, however, you analyze many. For example, you might evaluate the budget for a fundraiser, expenses within the military, or expenditures for government-run programs.

While you scrutinize every purchase, expense, bill, and dollar coming in, you also look for ways to save money. For example, you might find a way to streamline the administrative costs involved with collecting taxes, save on employee benefits, or eliminate unnecessary programs.

In addition to keeping the company on task and saving money, you also add your two cents to the policymaking pot. With your experience in all things financial, you’re able to offer advice on everything from accounting firms to the type of coffee served in Congress. Your holistic view of where the budget stands makes you the go-to person when it’s time to write up next year’s plan. So you gather your data, present your findings, make recommendations, and continue to look for ways to benefit the state or country that employs you.

Should I be a Budget Examiner?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Budget Engineer

    How to become a Budget Examiner

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