Securities and Commodities Traders

Buy and sell securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establish and negotiate unit prices and terms of sale.

Median Annual Wage: $72,070

Education: Bachelor's degree (55%); High school diploma or equivalent (12%); Post-secondary certificate (12%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Trader; Broker; Corporate Bond Trader; Equity Trader; Fixed Income Director; Fixed Income Trading Vice President; Investment Trader; Option Trader; Options Trader; Securities Lending Trader

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Securities and Commodities Traders.

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  • Monitor markets or positions.
  • Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
  • Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.
  • Report all positions or trading results.
  • Identify opportunities or develop channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.
  • Devise trading, option, or hedge strategies.
  • Track and analyze factors that affect price movement, such as trade policies, weather conditions, political developments, or supply and demand changes.
  • Inform other traders, managers, or customers of market conditions, including volume, price, competition, or dynamics.
  • Receive sales order tickets and inspect forms to determine accuracy of information.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Securities and Commodities Traders.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Securities and Commodities Traders.

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