It may seem unlikely but being an IFA has been voted the most popular profession in the US.
A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal cited financial planner as the most favoured profession followed by website manager, computer analyst and actuary.
Of the worst-rated jobs in the US, commercial fisherman came bottom of the table, closely followed by lumberjack and cowboy.
The article says: “Financial planners enjoy low stress, high pay, workplace autonomy and have the nation's best-rated job.”
The results are a far cry from a similar survey carried out in the UK by High Fliers Research earlier this year in which financial management languished in mid-table obscurity.
Advisory & Brokerage Services managing director Gareth Marr says: “The problem in this country is that we have such a stinking reputation. Too much of the industry is associated with one of the US's least popular jobs – the cowboy.”