A career as a financial advisor offers meaningful work, great pay, and professional and personal growth.
What it takes to be a financial advisor
Ambition. Professionalism. People skills. If you have these, you have a good foundation to start building a career as a financial advisor. Although Ameriprise provides you with training across all areas of financial planning, the skills you bring to the position will really determine your ability to succeed. Our most successful advisors have a well-developed sense of empathy and understanding, along with the ability to listen and inspire confidence. They're also motivated by the opportunity to earn more based on their production.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics1 reports that through 2018, job opportunities for financial advisors are projected to grow by 30% — much faster than the average for all occupations!
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Choose your career path
Ameriprise Financial offers three career paths for financial advisors. Whichever one you choose, you'll have outstanding income potential, commensurate with your ability to develop a client base and deliver effective financial solutions. See benefits and compensation to learn more about the earnings potential of the career path you choose.
- Financial Advisor. If you're considering a career change and are already an experienced professional who has enjoyed success and have established contacts in your natural market, you may qualify to become an Ameriprise financial advisor. You'll join an experienced advisor's team in a branch office, participate in local and national training and receive one-to-one mentoring. Initially, you'll earn a salary, plus be eligible for full employee benefits and bonuses based on sales commissions and earned fees.
- Ameriprise Advisor Center Advisor. A career in the Ameriprise Advisor Center (AAC) is designed for people who prefer more structure, a predictable environment and working primarily with an established client base. You'll interact with clients over the phone, discussing financial planning services and offering new products and services. The AAC has two locations, our Minneapolis headquarters and Las Vegas, where you'll work with team leaders and get team support. AAC employees get full employee benefits, a base salary and bonus potential.
- Associate Financial Advisor. As an associate financial advisor, you'll bring your experience and client relationships to an established franchise practice. In this role, you'll be a fully licensed advisor and work as an employee or contractor for a more seasoned Ameriprise franchise advisor. This gives you the opportunity to master our approach to financial planning as you learn from and support the team you join. Compensation and benefits are determined by the franchise advisor.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, February 2011
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Associate Financial Advisors in the Ameriprise Franchise Group are not employed by Ameriprise Financial, but are employees of or contract with a Franchise Advisor. Ameriprise Financial, 1491 Ameriprise Financial Center, Minneapolis, MN 55474 11/10 MN Permit #F-3872