For those who are anti-CFA
Recently, I have heard people and posts (such as Mergers and Inquisitions) attempt to downplay the CFA. That's fine as long as the facts are straight. Having a CFA (I am not a CFA charterholder yet) is very beneficial.
Here is a recent(2007)salary survey. There is also a study which I can't seem to find, that shows the difference in pay between a CFA and a non-CFA in areas such as HF, PE, ER, IM, PM, etc. The overall difference is around 20-25%.
I am biased, but the evidence speaks for itself.