University Degreed and Professional Development Programs

Why retirement as a career path for your students?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortfall in the number of qualified financial professionals needed to meet the retirement and income planning needs of the 78 million Baby Boomers retiring over the next 20 years. InFRE is ready to help institutions like yours increase the number of knowledgeable and skilled graduates entering the retirement industry by raising awareness of:

    • the types of careers, job and networking opportunities available
    • a model retirement planning and income management curriculum
    • an accredited retirement-specific certification program

Entry level jobs in the retirement industry are varied. Jobs range from very technical and specialized to a more generalized knowledge of products and services. Some of the most popular career paths in the industry include: retirement counseling, call center support, retirement plan administration, investment management, employee benefits specialists, insurance product sales and service, brokerage product sales and services, financial planning, and actuarial. Most jobs require a bachelor’s degree and many require some additional certification or licensing. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in addition to math and analytical ability are important attributes to have for success in this industry.

The InFRE® Retirement Career Guide

The Retirement Career Guide is designed to be an overview of the job opportunities in the retirement industry.

Entry-level jobs in the retirement industry are varied. Jobs range from very technical and specialized to a more generalized knowledge or products and services.  Some of the post popular jobs in the industry include: financial planners, retirement counselors, employee benefits specialists, insurance product sales, brokerage product sales, retirement plan administration and compliance, investment management, actuaries, and call center support.

Most jobs require a bachelor’s degree and many requires some additional certification or licensing.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in addition to math and analytical ability are important attributes to have for success in the industry.

See Appendix A of the InFRE Retirement Career Guide below for sample job postings and duties from several companies in the retirement industry.

Retirement Career guide Download the Guide here.Make your students aware of InFRE’s Retirement Career Guide!

Why we’re qualified to help you develop retirement career path opportunities for your students:

  • The Certified Retirement Counselor® (CRC®) certification is independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
  • We’re headquartered at Texas Tech University (TTU), the leading financial planning university in the country
  • We are aligned with the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) and the National Pension Education Association (NPEA)
  • InFRE® certificants include professionals from private and public sector employer-sponsored defined benefit and defined contribution plans, banks, financial advisors, wholesalers, financial services, CPAs, human resources… all those involved in increasing the retirement preparedness and security of the American worker.

How we can help you:

  1. We waive the study guide and exam fees for qualified professors.
  2. We encourage you to contact Dr. John Salter, Director, Personal Financial Planning, Texas Tech University or Dr. Nathan Harness, Texas A&M about how they’re preparing students for careers in retirement with the CRC® accredited certification program.
  3. If you’re beginning a new financial planning program, the CRC® program is a terrific stepping stone to build momentum for a financial planning program. As a perfect complement to the CFP®*, students are able to build knowledge and earn a marketable specialty certification as they learn.
  4. For existing degreed financial planning programs or professional development programs, the CRC® helps financial planning students deepen their retirement-specific knowledge. We can provide:

    •   Guidance for a model retirement curriculum
    •   Current practice analysis for the accredited CRC® certification
    •   Discounted student study guides and exams. Students may register online for the CRC® program and study materials, if needed.
    •   150-200 instructor Powerpoint slides per each of four courses
    •   Access to our supplemental study elearning courses to prepare you to teach

  5. We also have relationships with national retirement associations that provide access for you and your students to attend their professional conferences at discounted rates. There’s no better way for students to explore interest in potential careers and meet potential future employers!
  6. Every spring we administer the ANC Foundation annual scholarship essay competition available through NAGDCA, with the first place winner receiving tuition to pursue his/her certification as a CRC®, $1,000 to be used toward educational expenses for the upcoming school year, and all-expense paid travel to the NAGDCA Annual Conference. Six other winners earn funding to cover the NAGDCA annual conference fees.
  7. Every Fall we co-sponsor the Retirement Quiz Bowl at NAGDCA’s annual Conference. This game-show format Retirement Knowledge Quiz Bowl is a competition for CFP and non-CFP degreed programs. The objective of the Retirement Knowledge Quiz Bowl is to promote the profession of retirement planning and advance knowledge in the field of public sector retirement plans.

Call Kevin Seibert, CFP®, CRC®, CEBS Managing Director of InFRE at 847-382-9032 for more information about how we can help you cost-effectively utilize the CRC® program materials to enhance the learning experience and marketability of your students.

Highlights About the Student Program from Prior NAGDCA Annual Conferences 

  • With the help of the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE), NAGDCA has instituted a Student Program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the field of defined contribution/deferred compensation administration and financial planning. NAGDCA is very excited to have the opportunity to act as an additional resource to individuals who are considering a career path, which may lead to future membership in the organization. NAGDCA has been working hard to enhance the participation of younger individuals, and we feel that we have started to make huge strides in this direction.
  • At the 2017 Annual Conference, 35 university students participated in NAGDCA’s Student Mentoring Program, where they were matched with professionals from the private and public sector of defined contribution/deferred compensation administration. During the conference, they relied on their mentors for networking with fellow attendees; they were encouraged to ask questions concerning the defined contribution/deferred compensation field; and we want the students to feel free to contact their mentors as a future resource.
  • The NAGDCA/ANC Foundation also provided stipends for six Quiz Bowl teams and seven scholarships to students pursuing a career in financial planning. One scholarship winner received funds to pursue his/her designation as a Certified Retirement Counselor CRC®, $5,000 to be used toward educational expenses for the upcoming school year, and all-expense paid travel to the NAGDCA Annual Conference. Six other students received all-expense paid travel and accommodations for the NAGDCA Annual Conference.
  • If you are a professor or student part of a university financial planning program and are interested in finding out more about career opportunities in this part of the retirement industry, please email us for more information.
  • NAGDCA has partnered with InFRE to ensure the success of the NAGDCA student program.

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*CFP® is a registered trademark of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Financial Planning Association® and FPA® are registered trademarks of the FPA.