Brokerage Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs duties related to the purchase, sale or holding of securities. Duties include writing orders for stock purchases or sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, tracking stock price fluctuations, computing equity, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.

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


A person in this career:

  • Corresponds with customers and confers with coworkers to answer inquiries, discuss market fluctuations, or resolve account problems.
  • Documents security transactions, such as purchases, sales, conversions, redemptions, or payments, using computers, accounting ledgers, or certificate records.
  • Files, types, or operates standard office machines.
  • Performs clerical tasks, such as answering phones or distributing mail.
  • Prepares forms, such as receipts, withdrawal orders, transmittal papers, or transfer confirmations, based on transaction requests from stockholders.
  • Schedules and coordinates transfer and delivery of security certificates between companies, departments, and customers.
  • Monitors daily stock prices and computes fluctuations to determine the need for additional collateral to secure loans.
  • Verifies ownership and transaction information and dividend distribution instructions to ensure conformance with governmental regulations, using stock records and reports.
  • Computes total holdings, dividends, interest, transfer taxes, brokerage fees, or commissions and allocates appropriate payments to customers.
  • Prepares reports summarizing daily transactions and earnings for individual customer accounts.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • 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

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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