Securities and Commodities Traders

Finance > Securities & Investments

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Securities and Commodities Traders 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.

  • 55.26% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 12.02% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Buy, sell, or trade carbon emissions permits.

    Develop or maintain supplier or customer relationships.

    Process paperwork for special orders, including margin or option purchases.

    Identify or pursue investment strategies related to the green economy, including green hedge funds, renewable energy markets, or clean technology investment opportunities.

    Monitor markets or positions.

    Report all positions or trading results.

    Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.

    Identify opportunities or develop channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.

    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.

    Devise trading, option, or hedge strategies.

    Make bids or offers to buy or sell securities.

    Receive sales order tickets and inspect forms to determine accuracy of information.

    Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.

    Review securities transactions to ensure conformance to regulations.

    Report deficiencies in account payments, securities deliveries, or documentation requirements to avoid rule violations.

    Analyze target companies or investment opportunities to inform investment decisions.

    Supervise support staff and ensure proper execution of contracts.

    Write or sign sales order confirmation forms to record or approve security transactions.

    Prepare financial reports, such as reviews of portfolio positions.

    Reconcile account-related statements, such as quarterly or annual statements or confirmations.

    Make transportation arrangements for sold or purchased commodities.


Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Computer data input scanners





The MathWorks MATLAB


Bloomberg Professional

BondDesk Group Trader WorkStation

All Technologies

Charles River Development Charles River Investment Management System

Citi The Yield Book Calculator

CQG Integrated Client

Customer information control system CICS

Fixed income alternative trading systems ATS

Redi Enterprise Development Redi ERM

Telvent DTN ProphetX

Tradeweb Markets Tradeweb

Triple Point Commodity XL

Web-based trading systems


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


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.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


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

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

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