By: Eric Bench, Financial Consultant

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report list, a “financial advisor” ranked No. 25 of the 100 Best Jobs of 2015 — it is expected to be one of the faster-growing occupations over the next decade, with a projected growth rate of 27% through 2022. While my profession ranks No. 25, here’s why I think it’s No. 1.

  • Helping clients I’m often asked why I became a financial advisor. It really is simple — I’m passionate about helping my clients put their money to work to achieve their dreams. This starts with educating them about their money. Personal finance is one of the most important aspects of our lives. It is amazing how little most people know about looking after their money and it really isn’t their fault because nobody teaches them. That’s where I help.
  • Power to be an entrepreneur My future is defined by me — and my hard work. I’m backed by a firm that provides the tools and support to help me be successful, and I’m empowered to define my professional destiny on my terms and deliver investment advice to my clients.
  • Flexibility to make my own schedule I have the freedom to determine my work schedule. That said, if attending my son’s baseball game is important to me, I have the flexibility to do so. That may not be as luxurious as it sounds — I’ve had many late meetings and Saturday appointments as well. Having access to mobile technology and tools allows me to provide exceptional service to my clients no matter where I am located.

As a financial advisor, I want to help successful individuals protect and enhance the wealth they have today so that it can help them accomplish all they want in life now and in the future. I’m here to serve as a voice of reason and to help people make the right financial decisions at critical times. And every day I give thanks for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives by helping them achieve their financial dreams.