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Securities & Commodities Traders

Also called: Broker, Equity Trader, Option Trader, Trader

What they do:
Buy and sell securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establish and negotiate unit prices and terms of sale.
On the job, you would:
  • Make bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
  • Monitor markets or positions.
  • Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.

Knowledge

Business
  • accounting and economics
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • bringing people together to solve differences
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Financial analysis software
  • Bloomberg Professional
  • BondDesk Group Trader WorkStation
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • R
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$72,070
per year, on average
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