What do they do?

Buy and sell securities or commodities in investment and trading firms, or provide financial services to businesses and individuals. May advise customers about stocks, bonds, mutual funds, commodities, and market conditions.

Also known as:

Banker, Broker, Business Banker, Commodities Broker, Energy Trader, Equity Trader, Financial Advisor, Financial Consultant, Financial Representative, Financial Services Representative, Financial Specialist, Investment Officer, Investment Representative, Investments Advisor, Investments Specialist, Market Maker, Options Trader, Personal Banker, Real-Time Energy Trader, Real-Time Trader, Registered Representative, Relationship Banker, Sales Associate, Securities Lending Trader, Stock Broker, Trader

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • 8.2%

    Change

    Ranks #26 in job growth rate
    900

    Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (4%)
  • Master's degree  (18%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (51%)
  • Associate's degree  (6%)
  • Some college, no degree  (14%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (7%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

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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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Writing - 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Negotiate prices or other sales terms.
  • Monitor market conditions or trends.
  • Maintain records of sales or other business transactions.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Prepare sales or other contracts.
  • Process sales or other transactions.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.
  • Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs.
  • Explain financial information to customers.
  • Identify investment opportunities or strategies.
  • Develop professional relationships or networks.
  • Customize financial products or services to meet customer needs.
  • Review accuracy of sales or other transactions.
  • Monitor sales activities.
  • Supervise sales or support personnel.
  • Develop proposals for current or prospective customers.
  • Analyze market conditions or trends.
  • Share sales-related or market information with colleagues.
  • Coordinate activities with suppliers, contractors, clients, or other departments.
  • Explain technical product or service information to customers.
  • Contact current or potential customers to promote products or services.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services.
  • Estimate costs or terms of sales.
  • Analyze business or financial data.

This page includes data from:

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