The New Hot Career: Financial Planner?

Financial planner consults with young couple
Financial planner consults with young couple

By Maryalene LaPonsie

Many Americans believe they're living within their means -- even while they regularly spend more than they earn. That was one finding of a recent Country Financial survey.

But while some Americans may be confused about the real state of their family finances, that is an opportunity for personal financial advisers or financial planners. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 32 percent growth in the coming decade, making this a hot career. In addition, advisers are well compensated: average annual pay in 2011 was $90,900.

Helping Families See The Light: Personal financial advisers and financial planners offer one-on-one consultations that can be used to work out kinks in the budget, rev up savings or meet long-term financial goals.