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Whether you are looking for your first job in financial planning or for a new opportunity that will allow your career to grow, these resources can help. Set yourself up for success by taking advantage of these tools now, and visit the CFP Board Career Center for additional resources.

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Are you wondering what to expect as your financial planning career grows? Use these resources to learn about compensation in the field, the career potential you can expect, and where the profession is heading in the next few years. Plus, see how adding CFP® certification to your resume can improve your compensation potential and boost your firm’s revenue!

USA Today

In a January 2023 article, "From taxes to retirement: Everything you need to know about the evolving role of financial advisors," USA Today discusses how experienced financial advisors earn, on average, $192,000 a year. And if you’re just starting a career in financial services, you could earn between $50,000 and $70,000, depending on where you work and live.

U.S. News and World Report Job Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report annual Jobs Report consistently ranks financial advisors among the top business jobs. In the 2023 report, financial advisor is ranked #6 in Best Business Jobs and #21 in Best Jobs.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Outlook

The job outlook for careers in personal financial advising is very optimistic. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts above average growth of 13% through 2032. The Handbook provides additional information on personal financial advisors, like “What They Do” and “How to Become One.”

Aite Group Report

A comprehensive Aite Group Study seeks to identify and quantify differences between financial advisors who hold the CFP® certification and financial advisors who do not hold the CFP® certification. The study also compares advising practices that include CFP® professionals to those without CFP® professionals across a range of key metrics.

Guide to Careers in Financial Planning

CFP Board’s comprehensive career guide highlights typical career entry points and career tracks in financial planning, as well types of companies that employ financial planners. Also included are typical ranges of compensation at different stages of the financial planning career path, based on data from the 2020 InvestmentNews Adviser Compensation & Staffing Study.

Learn more about what your financial planning career could look like and how you can get hired in the roles that are right for you with these professional development resources from CFP Board.

CFP Board Career Center

Visit the CFP Board Career Center to see the latest job and internship opportunities from around the country that are available to job seekers in the financial planning profession.

Gaining Experience

As you consider your next career steps, there are many options that could help you grow professionally while earning the experience you need for CFP® certification. Hear about some of the paths to experience that CFP® professionals have taken.

View our video, Paths to Fulfilling the Experience Requirement

more ON the experience requirement for CFP® certification

Resources for Your Job Search

While you’re looking for your next position in the financial planning profession, make sure you are equipped for success with these helpful job seeker resources resources and articles available on the CFP Board Career Center.

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Get a resume boost and get ahead of the curve when you earn CFP® certification. The financial planning profession is changing as consumers demand more trust and accountability from their planners. You’ll show both employers and clients that you have the knowledge and ability to provide competent and ethical personal financial planning.

Give better advice.  Gain greater trust. Earn more income. Learn more about CFP® certification and how you can add this distinction to your resume.


Start your journey to CFP® Certification

  • Track your progress with the CFP® Certification Tracker
  • Post your resume at the Career Center
  • Connect with a mentor who can guide you
  • Register and prepare for the exam
  • Find career and financial support
  • Connect with other candidates at our online forum