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Sales Agents, Securities & Commodities

Also called: Financial Consultant, Investment Advisor, Investment Specialist, Registered Representative

What they do:
Buy and sell securities in investment and trading firms and develop and implement financial plans for individuals, businesses, and organizations.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep accurate records of transactions.
  • Complete sales order tickets and submit for processing of client-requested transactions.
  • Interview clients to determine clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, or financial objectives.


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


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
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Financial analysis software
  • AnalyzerXL software
  • Trading Blox software
Desktop communications software
  • ADP/Vantra VOLTS
  • Imagine Software Imagine Trading System
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • FundCount Web


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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