Personal financial advisors held about 249,400 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most personal financial advisors were as follows:
Other financial investment activities
Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage
Credit intermediation and related activities
Management of companies and enterprises
Professional, scientific, and technical services
In 2014, about 1 in 5 personal financial advisors were self-employed.
Personal financial advisors typically work in offices. Some also travel to attend conferences or teach finance classes in the evening to bring in more clients. The work of personal financial advisors tends to be less stressful than other financial occupations.
Most personal financial advisors work full time, and about 3 in 10 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014. They often go to meetings on evenings and weekends to meet with existing clients or to try to bring in new ones.