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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities *
 
Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities
(O*NET 41-3031.01, SOC 41-3031)
What they do
Buy and sell securities in investment and trading firms and develop and implement financial plans for individuals, businesses, and organizations.
 
Also called:
Account Executive, Financial Consultant, Financial Representative, Investment Advisor, Investment Consultant, Investment Executive, Investment Representative, Investment Specialist, Registered Representative, Stock Broker
 
 
Wages
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
Vermont - 2018
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 18.34   $38,150  
25% $ 23.11   $48,060  
Median $ 35.05   $72,900  
75% $ 59.10   $122,940  
90% $100.00+   $208,000+  
 
Average $ 50.85   $105,770  
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Industries of Employment
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
United States - 2016
IndustryPercent of total
  • Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities
43%
  • Credit intermediation and related activities
43%
  • Self-employed workers, all industries
5%
  • Management of companies and enterprises
4%
  • Insurance carriers and related activities
3%
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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Customer and Personal Service
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Economics and Accounting
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Persuasion
    Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Enterprising
    Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional
    Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
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Projected Employment
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
 Vermont
2016 employment 542
2026 employment 561
Annual percent change
(compounded)
0.3%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
52
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Education and Experience:
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
  • Typical education needed for entry
    Bachelor's degree
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    No work experience
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    1 to 12 months on-the-job training
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Job Zone
Considerable Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (7.0 to < 8.0) - A typical worker will require over 2 years up to and including 4 years of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  0%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  17%
Bachelor's degree   67%
Associate's degree   0%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  4%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  12%
Less than high school diploma   0%
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Licensing
Vermont may require an occupational license:
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity
    The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension
    The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning
    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
    Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
    Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Analyzing Data or Information
    Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Maintain records of sales or other business transactions.
  • Prepare sales or other contracts.
  • Process sales or other transactions.
  • Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs.
  • Explain financial information to customers.
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Tasks
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.
  • Discuss financial options with clients and keep them informed about transactions.
  • Develop financial plans, based on analysis of clients' financial status.
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