Securities and Commodities Trader  What They Do

Just the Facts


Buys and sells securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establishes and negotiates unit prices and terms of sale.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Securities and Investments pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Makes bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
  • Monitors markets or positions.
  • Agrees on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
  • Buys or sells stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.
  • Reports all positions or trading results.
  • Identifies opportunities or develops channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.
  • Devises trading, option, or hedge strategies.
  • Tracks and analyzes factors that affect price movement, such as trade policies, weather conditions, political developments, or supply and demand changes.
  • Informs other traders, managers, or customers of market conditions, including volume, price, competition, or dynamics.
  • Receives sales order tickets and inspects forms to determine accuracy of information.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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