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Six-Figure Jobs: Financial Advisor

Last Updated Feb 28, 2011 3:26 PM EST

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Financial Advisor

  • Salary for Top Earners: $139,350
  • Projected Job Growth: 30 percent by 2018
  • Additional Training Required: While not required, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certificate is a useful credential to get into this profession. The coursework and exam can usually be completed in 18 to 24 months, and over 250 institutions across the country, including some that are online, offer CFP-approved programs.

Once solely the purview of the wealthy, getting financial planning is now viewed as a prudent move for much of the population, particularly as traditional pensions fade. Consider that never before in history have regular people been required to take on this much responsibility for investing their nest eggs. You’ll be helping clients build portfolios, save for college or a house, and do estate planning, either at a firm or for yourself.

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