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36. Certified Financial Planner

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Certified Financial Planner
Median pay: $89,500
Top pay: $171,000
10-year job growth: 32.1%
Total jobs*: 206,800
What they do all day? People often look to financial planners to guide them when making big decisions about their money, whether it's saving for retirement or setting up the kids' college fund. The best planners are good listeners who take time to learn about their client's financial goals. They then create a solid outline for investing and savings to help them get there. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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