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Weekly Career Profile: Financial Advisor

By March 13, 2013

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Financial advisors counsel clients as they plan for future expenses such as retirement and their children's college tuition. They also provide tax and investment advice. They spend a lot of time networking since a big part of their work involves building up a client base.

If you would like to become a financial advisor you will need, at least, a bachelor's degree. That is the minimum education required, but if you get an MBA or a Master's degree in finance you will be even more competitive. Job growth in this field will be faster than the average for most other occupations through 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).

You can learn more about this occupation by reading Financial Advisor: Career Information. Find out what kind of licenses you need and see what other optional credentials are available. Get the facts about earnings and advancement opportunities too. As with any other occupation, it is a good idea to talk to people who are actually working in this field. You should arrange an informational interview. If you don't know any financial advisors ask your friends and family if they do. Someone in your network might be able to help you.

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