UGA Specific Information for Financial Planning

The mission of the Financial Planning Program is to prepare students for successful careers in the financial planning profession. Financial planning plays a critical role in the lives of individuals and families. Financial planners help increase the financial literacy and capacity of their clients. There is an increasing demand for financial planning professionals who can help individuals and families manage their finances better and achieve their financial goals. Courses in the curriculum are rigorous and meet the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards education requirements. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the CFP Certification Examination. Students must pass the CFP Certification Examination and satisfy other certification requirements before receiving the CFP marks. Students in the program study a variety of topics, including credit and debt management, income tax planning, savings and investments, risk management and insurance, retirement planning, estate planning, financial counseling, and consumer decision making.

The financial planning degree program helps students become professional financial planners. Financial planning has been consistently recognized as one of the best careers in America. The profession is growing. The number of jobs available for qualified individuals is at an all-time high. Most graduates work in small to mid-size firms helping families achieve financial goals. While enrolled in the program, students have opportunities to write targeted and comprehensive financial plans, work in the field during internships, and participate in experiential learning activities. Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam upon graduation. This credential provides students with opportunities to obtain positions at a variety of regional and national financial planning firms. After graduation students will also be able to start their own financial planning practices. Other career opportunities for students include positions with retirement planning firms, consumer credit counseling services, banks, insurance companies, human resources departments, and the government. The degree also provides a launching point for those interested in earning an advanced graduate degree.


Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Financial Planning*

** Includes Self-Employed

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O*NET Online – The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations.  

My Next Move – An interactive tool for students and job seekers to learn more about their career options.  

Occupational Outlook Handbook – The OOH is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide most of jobs in the United States.  

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Interstride - Interstride is an interactive tool for both international and domestic students to enhance their international experience and employment potential. The platform consists of job-listings, hiring trends, employer information, self-assessments, and up-to-date immigration guidance. 

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  • Handshake (scroll down to the bottom of the page; login with your UGA MyID and password)  

  • LinkedIn (this popular networking site also has a job board!) 

  • Idealist (non-profit jobs) 

  • USAJobs (federal jobs) 


Professional Associations/Resources

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS National Association of Personal Financial Advisors • Financial Planning Association • Certified Financial Planning Board • Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education

COMPANY & SALARY RESEARCHCareer Bliss • GlassDoor •

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Financial Planning majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Asset Preservation Advisors Junior Associate
Carson Wealth Associate Wealth Advisor
Chase Bank Relationship Banker
Cisco Business Analyst
Employer Not Specified Resident Associate
Endurance Planning Group Client Services Coordinator
Financial Consultants Group Client Relationship Manager
Fisher Investments Client Operations Associate
Greystar Leasing Professional
Higginbotham Claims Representative
Higginbotham Employee Benefits Account Coordinator
Insight Global Recruiter
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Client Associate
Morgan Stanley Financial Planning Associate
Navarre Corporation Business Development Manager
Nolan Transportation Group Business Development Representative
Oconee State Bank Essential Banker
Paycom Outside Sales Representative
PwC Associate Auditor
Reynolds & Reynolds Financial Partners Client Service Assistant
SFC Health Agent
Shamrock Prosthetics, Inc. Financial Manager
Shekinah Financial Administrative Assistant
Soliant Account Executive
Stable Waters Financial Apprentice
The Commercial Bank Lending Assistant
The Intersect Group Technical Recruiter
Vanguard Financial Advisor Development Program
Vanguard Senior Associate
Vanguard Financial Advisor Development Program Participant
Vanguard Senior Associate
Vanguard Financial Advisor Development Program Participant
Veeam Software Inside Sales Associate
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategists Financial Advisor
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategists Financial Advisor
Wiser Wealth Management Financial Planning Associate
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Financial Planning majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
University of Georgia Marketing Research, MS
University of Georgia Financial Planning, Master’s
University of Georgia Financial Planning, MS
University of Georgia Financial Planning, MS
* denotes no responses received.