Details Report for:
41-3031.03 - 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.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
- Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities at stock exchanges on behalf of investment dealers.
- Make bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
- Analyze target companies or investment opportunities to inform investment decisions.
- Develop or maintain supplier or customer relationships.
- Devise trading, option, or hedge strategies.
- Identify opportunities or develop channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.
- Inform other traders, managers, or customers of market conditions, including volume, price, competition, or dynamics.
- Monitor markets or positions.
- Process paperwork for special orders, including margin or option purchases.
- Receive sales order tickets and inspect forms to determine accuracy of information.
- Report all positions or trading results.
- Review securities transactions to ensure conformance to regulations.
- Track and analyze factors that affect price movement, such as trade policies, weather conditions, political developments, or supply and demand changes.
- Write or sign sales order confirmation forms to record or approve security transactions.
- Audit accounts and correct errors.
- Make transportation arrangements for sold or purchased commodities.
- Prepare financial reports, such as reviews of portfolio positions.
- Reconcile account-related statements, such as quarterly or annual statements or confirmations.
- Report deficiencies in account payments, securities deliveries, or documentation requirements to avoid rule violations.
- Supervise support staff and ensure proper execution of contracts.
- Buy, sell, or trade carbon emissions permits.
- Identify or pursue investment strategies related to the green economy, including green hedge funds, renewable energy markets, or clean technology investment opportunities.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Facsimile machines — Fax machines|
|Notebook computers — Laptop computers|
|Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment|
|Scanners — Computer data input scanners|
|Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Analytical or scientific software — The MathWorks MATLAB|
|Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access|
|Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic|
|Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook|
|Financial analysis software — Bloomberg Professional; BondDesk Group Trader WorkStation; Triple Point Commodity XL; Web-based trading systems (see all 11 examples)|
|Internet browser software — Web browser software|
|Object or component oriented development software — C++; R *|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents.
Employment data collected from Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents.
Industry data collected from Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents.
|Median wages (2012)||$34.48 hourly, $71,720 annual|
|Employment (2010)||312,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Average (10% to 19%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||133,700|
|Top industries (2010)||
Finance and Insurance (85% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
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Sources of Additional Information
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- Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.