High ranking for financial planning

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Love your job? It seems your counterparts in America do, too – being a financial planner was rated as one of the best jobs for 2013.

American researchers at CareerCast have found financial planning ranks number five out of 200 jobs, which were ranked by physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

This is good news but no surprise, says Australian Financial Planning Association chief executive Mark Rantall.

“We have known for a long time that financial planning performs a very significant community service by giving advice. It’s rewarding – we help people in their hour of need and also in the long-term.”

Most financial planners build up long-lasting working relationships and friendships with clients, and this helps create job satisfaction, says Rantall.

“When you talk to financial planners, most really love what they do.”

According to the CareerCast results, the actuary profession is America’s top job, with biomedical engineer next, followed by software engineer – the top job in the same survey last year – then audiologist.

Other top careers include being a dental hygienist, an occupational therapist, optometrist and physical therapist.

At the other end of the spectrum are newspaper reporters, who have been found to have the worst jobs out of the list of 200 professions.

See the list of 200 best to worst jobs for 2013 here.