Scott Johnson’s registered investment adviser firm is enjoying a period of rapid growth, and when it comes to hiring the next wave of junior advisers, he is looking exclusively at recent graduates from a collegiate personal financial planning program.

“They are light years ahead of their peers that are graduating with other types of degrees,” says Johnson, a CFP and a senior vice president at Arista Wealth Management, where he runs the Mesa, Arizona, office. "For a firm like ours, we wouldn't even consider looking outside these PFP programs, because we would view that as a lot of work."

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