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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Exploring a Career in Financial Planning and Wealth Management

This program prepares students to serve as a financial planner and is registered with the CFP Board as a certified program. This means the curriculum directly prepares a student to sit for the CFP exam. This program will introduce students to many CFP professionals in the Washington, D.C., area, and help in matching students to CFPs that are looking for interns and full-time employees.

The need for CFPs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is high and this program tailors this need to each student’s career path.

Financial Planning: Job security in a fast-growing field

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for personal financial advisors was $89,330 in May 2020. Employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. As the population ages and life expectancies rise, demand for financial planning services should increase.

Median annual wages for personal financial advisors in the top industries as of May 2020:

  • Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities: $97,020
  • Management of companies and enterprises: $88,780
  • Insurance carriers and related activities: $76,760
  • Credit intermediation and related activities: $75,730
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  • Virginia source: Projections Central 2018-2028 long-term projections

  • United States source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019-2029 employment projections

  • Sample Occupations

    • Certified Financial Planner
    • Financial Consultant
    • Financial Analyst
    • Estate Planner
    • Personal Financial Advisor
    • Portfolio Manager
    • Risk Manager
    • Tax Consultant

    Sample Professional Associations