Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to Buy and sell securities in investment and trading firms and develop and implement financial plans for individuals, businesses, and organizations.
Common job titles of Securities and Commodities Sales Agents include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
67.32% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
12.62% said they needed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.
Discuss financial options with clients and keep them informed about transactions.
Offer advice on the purchase or sale of particular securities.
Calculate costs for billings or commissions.
Review all securities transactions to ensure accuracy of information and conformance to governing agency regulations.
Relay buy or sell orders to securities exchanges or to firm trading departments.
Contact prospective customers to determine customer needs, present information, or explain available services.
Review financial periodicals, stock and bond reports, business publications, or other material to identify potential investments for clients or to keep abreast of trends affecting market conditions.
Keep accurate records of transactions.
Explain stock market terms or trading practices to clients.
Analyze market conditions to determine optimum times to execute securities transactions.
Complete sales order tickets and submit for processing of client-requested transactions.
Supply the latest price quotes on any security, as well as information on the activities or financial positions of the corporations issuing these securities.
Read corporate reports and calculate ratios to determine best prospects for profit on stock purchases.
Prepare financial reports to monitor client or corporate finances.
Inform and advise concerned parties regarding fluctuations or securities transactions affecting plans or accounts.
Prepare documents needed to implement plans selected by clients.
Interview clients to determine clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, or financial objectives.
Develop financial plans, based on analysis of clients' financial status.
Identify potential clients, using advertising campaigns, mailing lists, or personal contacts.
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Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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.
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.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.