Employment trends

Occupation Projected Job Growth 2012 Median Salary Entry Educationa OOH Related Occupations
Political Scientistb 21% (Faster than average) $102,000 Master's Related
Economist 14% (Average) $91,860 Master's Related
Certified Financial PlannerTMc 32% (Much faster than average) $89,500c Bachelor's Related
Statistician 27% (Much faster than average) $75,560 Master's Related
Postsecondary Educator 19% (Faster than average) $68,970 Doctoral Related
Personal Financial Advisor 27% (Much faster than average) $67,520 Bachelor's Related
Urban and Regional Planner 10% (Average) $65,230 Master's Related
Home Economics Teacher, Postsecondary 10% (Average) $64,040 Master's Related
Market Research Analyst 32% (Much faster than average) $60,300 Bachelor's Related
Property Manager 12% (Average) $52,610 Diploma Related
Survey Researcher
18% (Faster than average)
$45,050 Master's Related

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.  

a In many occupations certification (such as the CFP(R)) or a higher educational level (graduate degree) can improve one's chances of occupational advancement, attracting new clients, higher salary, etc. See the Occupational Outlook Handbook for information about the value of continuing your education. 

b They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues. About half work in federal government. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

c The Occupational Outlook Handbook does not differentiate between financial planners with and without the CFP(R); this salary from CNN's www.payscale.com-based analysis found at http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2012/snapshots/36.html 


Recent graduates' employment

2016

Lekhnath Chalise, Ph.D. Health Economist, Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity. His dissertation, Extensive and intensive margins of health insurance demand, was supervised by Dr. Sophia Anong.

Wookjae Heo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University. His dissertation, Improvement of prediction on the demand for life insurance by using artificial neural networks estimation, was supervised by Dr. John Grable.

Tae-Young Pak, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Consumer Science at University of Alabama. His dissertation, Three Essays on Household Portfolio Choice, was supervised by Dr. Patryk Babiarz.

Abed Rabbani, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Personal Financial Planning at the University of Missouri. His dissertation, Affective evaluation of financial risk tolerance, was supervised by Dr. John Grable.

Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar. Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at University of Florida. His dissertation, Using Rash Measurement Theory to evaluate the psychometric quality of a financial risk tolerance scale, was supervised by Dr. John Grable.

2015 

Dipesh Gangopadhyay, Ph.D. National Sample Survey Organization, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India. His dissertation, Measurement of multidimensional deprivation using capability approach and fuzzy set theory: A study on the United States, was supervised by Dr. Robert Nielsen.

Kristi-Warren Scott, Ph.D. Prevention Effectiveness Fellow, Centers for Disease Control. Her dissertation, Obesity in the South: Do subjective measures of food access matter? was supervised by Dr. Velma Zahirovic-Herbert.

2014

Donna Danns, Ph.D. Associate Professor at the University of North Georgia. Her dissertation, Financial education in state colleges and universities in the U.S., was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

Robin Henager Greene, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at Whitworth University. Her dissertation, How financial literacy influences long- and short-term financial behaviors in different age cohorts, was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

2012

C.W. Copeland, Ph.D. Managing Principal at C.W. Copeland & Associates. His dissertation, A Generation Apart: The Perceived Retirement Preparedness of Near-Retiree Baby Boomers, was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

Anne Duke, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Head, Department of Accounting and Law at the University of North Georgia. Her dissertation, Motivating Health Savings Account Funding, was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

M.J. Kabaci, Ph.D. Lecturer in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, Coming to Consensus: A Delphi Study to Identify the Personal Finance Core Concepts and Competencies for Undergraduate College Students, Undergraduate Student Education Loan Recipients and First-Generation Undergraduate Students, was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

Michal Polanowski, Ph.D. Business Intelligence/Consumer Insights Analyst at The Delhaize Group. His dissertation, Finances of Retired Households: The Effect of Wealth-Impacting Events on the Income of Retired U.S. Households, was supervised by Dr. Robert Nielsen.

Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP®Assistant Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. His dissertation, Direct Household Investment in Residential Rental Real Estate During the 2000s, was supervised by Dr. Lance Palmer.

Melissa Wilmarth, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Consumer Sciences at the University of Alabama. Her dissertation, Financial Wellness and Relationship Satisfaction: Identifying Mediating Communication Patterns via Structural Equation Models, was supervised by Dr. Robert Nielsen.

2010

Bill Fleming, Ph.D. Instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at St. Petersburg College. His dissertation, Consumer Features, Wants, and Best Practices of State Insurance Department Websites, was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

Irina Kunovskaya, Ph.D. Program Evaluation Specialist in Family and Consumer Sciences Extension at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, Financial Literacy, Financial Behavior, and the Need for Financial Education in a Country Transitioning to a Market Economy -- The Case of Russia, was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

2009

Gina Gould Peek, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Cooperative Extension Housing and Consumer Specialist at Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation, Better Citizens? The Relationship between Homeownership and Religious and Political Volunteerism, was supervised by Dr. Anne Sweaney.

Leslie Green-Pimentel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Community Development and Associate Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State University. Her dissertation, The Relationship between Housing Cost Burden and Health Status among Older Adults in the United States, was supervised by Dr. Anne Sweaney.

2015

Xuan Chen, M.S. Her thesis, How Does Financial Capability Work? An Exploration of Financial Capability Mechanism, was supervised by Dr. Ann Woodyard. 

2014

Kathryn Holland, M.S. FCS Cooperative Extension Agent Colquitt County, GA. Her thesis, Adult Clothing Expenditures in 2006 and 2010: Homeowners and Renters Before and After the Great Recession, was supervised by Dr. Diann Moorman and Dr. Robert Nielsen.

2012

Rachel Deal, M.S. Housing Programs Manager at Athens Housing Authority. Her thesis, Residential Satisfaction of the Elderly: Does Perceived Neighborhood Safety Matter?, was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

Alan Moore, M.S., CFP®. Founder and Financial Planner at Serenity Financial Consulting. His thesis, Financial Therapy: A Qualitative Study of the Collaboration between Financial Planners and Mental Health Professionals, was supervised by Dr. Joseph Goetz.

Kelsey Queen, M.S. Senior Leasing Coordinator at Riverstone Residential Group. Her thesis, Factors Associated with Movement Along the Housing Career: An Examination of Recent Movers using The American Housing Survey, was supervised by Dr. Andy Carswell and Dr. Kimberly Skobba.

Doneshia Starling, M.S. Care Operations Management Administrator at Alere Health. Her thesis, Older Adults and New Orleans: Mobility and Place Attachment after Hurricane Katrina, was supervised by Dr. Velma Zahirovic-Herbert.

Chris Wyczalkowski, M.S., CFP®. Public Policy Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech. His thesis, A Model of Financial Satisfaction, was supervised by Dr. Joseph Goetz.

2010

Melissa Casey Moore, M.S. Account Development Specialist for Republic National Distributing Company. Her thesis, The Employment Status and Managerial Challenges of Mothers in Two-Parent Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, was supervised by Dr. Teresa Mauldin.

2016

Haley Pierce Moore, M.S. Operations Analyst at Landmark Properties. Her Applied Consumer Analytics program was supervised by Dr. Robert Nielsen.

2015

Katie Thomason, M.S. Anheuser-Busch Brand Activation Manager. Her portfolio was supervised by Dr. Joseph Goetz. 

Kevin Valentino, M.S. Private Wealth Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Joseph Goetz.

Russell Whitehead, M.S. Apprentice Financial Planner, Gen Y Planning. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. John Grable.

2013

Kim Broddie, M.S. Supervisory Tax Preparer, Jackson-Hewitt. Her portfolio was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

Stefen Kutzman, M.S. Family Services Coordinator at GenSpring Family Offices. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Joseph Goetz.

Nolan McClure, M.S. Financial Advisor at Ashworth & Sullivan Wealth Management Group. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Lance Palmer.

Jack Reilley, M.S. Retirement Plan Advisor at Cannon Financial Strategists, Inc. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

Shaquita Young, M.S. Financial Advice Sales Consulting - National Sales Consultant at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Her portfolio was supervised by Dr. Joseph Goetz.

2012

Meaghan Dominick, M.S. Planning Assistant at Huddleston & Associates. Her portfolio was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

Justin Smith, M.S. Associate at BB&T Bank. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

Thomas Williams, M.S. Tax and Retirement Specialist at E*Trade Financial. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Sophia Anong.

2011

Jasmine Giddens, M.S. Financial Advice & Investment Counsel at Centurion Advisor Group. Her portfolio was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.

2010

Graham Brown, M.S. Corporate and Investment Banking Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Lance Palmer.

Meg Shepard Johnson, M.S., CFP®. Financial Planner at Ronald Blue & Company. Her portfolio was supervised by Dr. Brenda Cude.

DeShunnon Thomas, M.S., CFP®. Regional Private Banker at Wells Fargo. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Lance Palmer.

David Ward, M.S., CFP®. Planning Coordinator at Charles D. Haines, LLC. His portfolio was supervised by Dr. Swarn Chatterjee.