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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Securities and Commodities Traders *
 
Securities and Commodities Traders
(O*NET 41-3031.03, SOC 41-3031)
What they do
Buy and sell securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establish and negotiate unit prices and terms of sale.
 
Also called:
Broker, Corporate Bond Trader, Equity Trader, Fixed Income Director, Fixed Income Trading Vice President, Investment Trader, Option Trader, Options Trader, Securities Lending Trader, Trader
 
 
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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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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.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making
    Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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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:
  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
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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
  6%
Bachelor's degree   55%
Associate's degree   12%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  14%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  12%
Less than high school diploma   0%
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Deductive Reasoning
    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension
    The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning
    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Interacting With Computers
    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Processing Information
    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Negotiate prices or other sales terms.
  • Monitor market conditions or trends.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.
  • Review accuracy of sales or other transactions.
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Tasks
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.
  • Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.
  • Report all positions or trading results.
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