The Demand for Financial Planners

The Master in Financial Planning is an increasingly high in demand program in its online capacity. The ease and mobility of online learning is one draw, but the pragmatic subject matter is another highly coveted feature. The master program is now accepting a second cohort in the spring. If you missed the fall application deadline apply by November 15th to be a part of the spring cohort as a domestic student and by October 15th as an international student. 

The University of Georgia’s online M.S. in Financial Planning—offered through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences—is designed for individuals who are seeking to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) examination. Gain experience and expertise that goes beyond certification, all from the comfort and convenience of wherever you are.

Financial planners are in demand all over the country as individuals and families alike seek advisors to help them manage their income, assets, and yes, even debts. Financial planners find employment in banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms, as well as in benefits and pension departments of corporations. Others, seeking a more entrepreneurial route, choose to establish their own practice or business.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial advisors is expected to increase 15 percent by 2026. This percent increase, based on 2016, over ten years is much faster when compared to other fields. As the population of the US continues to age and life expectancy rises, there will be a respective rise in the need for financial planners. Also mentioned on the bureau report is the fact that most financial planning positions require at least a bachelor's degree, but the addition of a master degree will allow for more flexibility, higher salary, and better job opportunities. The time to look into UGA’s Master of Finance is now!