Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

35. Cert. Financial Planner
Cert. Financial Planner
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Median pay: $92,800
Top pay: $190,000
10-year job growth: 32.1%
Total jobs*: 206,800

What they do all day? Certified financial planners aim to help their clients create a more secure financial future. They'll draw up a plan for savings, insurance and investments based on a client's current economic situation and goals.

How to get the job?

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What they do all day? Certified financial planners aim to help their clients create a more secure financial future. They'll draw up a plan for savings, insurance and investments based on a client's current economic situation and goals. --J.A.

Quality of life ratings:
  • Personal satisfaction: A
  • Benefit to society: A
  • Flexibility: B
  • Low stress: B
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*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

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

Do Financial Planners have great jobs, or what? Are these great jobs, or what?
It's still a tough job market, so when CNNMoney, in partnership with data from PayScale.com, set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities.

Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing), overall job satisfaction, and how many jobs are in the field overall.
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