The pre- and post-exam surveys were conducted among a random sample of half of the June 2014 CFA Program candidates. The pre-exam survey was open from 12 to 26 May and the post-exam survey from 23 June to 7 July. 15,195 candidates responded to the pre-exam survey (21% response rate with a margin of error of ±0.7%) and 21,432 candidates responded to the post-exam survey (30% response rate with a margin of error of ±0.6%).
Candidates report a more optimistic employment outlook than last year. 46% expect employment opportunities for investment professionals in their local markets to increase in the coming year (up from 40% in 2013); 46% expect opportunities to stay the same; and 8% expect opportunities to decrease (down from 13% in 2013.)