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An adviser or advisor is normally a person with more and deeper knowledge in a specific area and usually also includes persons with cross functional and multidisciplinary expertise. An adviser's role is that of a mentor or guide and differs categorically from that of a task specific consultant. An adviser is typically part of the leadership, where as consultants fulfill functional roles.

The spellings adviser and advisor have both been in use since the sixteenth century.[1] Adviser has always been the more usual spelling, though advisor has gained frequency in recent years and is a common alternative, especially in North America.[2][3]



  • Commodity trading advisor, any person who engages in the business of advising others
  • Financial advisor, also known as a financial planner, a practicing professional who helps people to deal with various personal financial issues through proper planning
  • Financial Management Advisor, a professional designation of the Canadian Securities Institute
  • Investment Advisor, an individual or firm that advises clients on investment matters
  • Registered Investment Advisor, an individual or firm who has registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or state regulatory agency in connection with the management of the investments of others
  • Tax advisor, an expert in tax law

Government positions[edit]


Specific advisory companies[edit]

Specific advisory services[edit]

  • Dipmeter Advisor, an early system developed to aid in the analysis of data gathered during oil exploration
  • McAfee SiteAdvisor, an Internet service that warns users that a site may make them victims of malware or spam
  • MIT Design Advisor, an online tool for exploring the energy performance of building designs


  • Academic advisor, an employee of a college or university who helps students to select courses or an academic major, and engaging in short term and long term educational planning (in some countries, the professor who offers a student academic/methodologic assistance to prepare the work/thesis job necessary to obtain the degree).
  • Doctoral advisor, an advanced member of a university faculty whose role is to guide a graduate student.
  • Combine Advisor, a fictional creature from the Half-Life series.
  • Customer service advisor, a generic job title in the service industry, principally used in the United Kingdom
  • Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor, a qualification required of chemical distributors and storage companies throughout the United Kingdom relating to packing and labeling of hazardous materials
  • Legal advisor; that is, a lawyer who gives legal advice
  • Technical advisor, an expert in a particular field of knowledge, hired to ensure that this area of knowledge is portrayed accurately in a movie
  • Technical Design Advisor, a person is charge of advising in technical aspects of information technology design

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, s.vv. "adviser" and "advisor" (subscription required).
  2. ^ Google Ngram Viewer, "adviser, advisor".
  3. ^ Oxford Dictionaries, s.v. "adviser".