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Securities and Commodities Traders
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 820

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $23.70 - $72.28

Typical Annual Salary: $49,300 - $150,300

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Make bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
  • Monitor markets or positions.
  • Agree on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
  • Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.
  • Report all positions or trading results.
  • Review securities transactions to ensure conformance to regulations.
  • Identify opportunities or develop channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.
  • Supervise support staff and ensure proper execution of contracts.
  • Devise trading, option, or hedge strategies.
  • Track and analyze factors that affect price movement, such as trade policies, weather conditions, political developments, or supply and demand changes.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners
  • Special purpose telephones

  • Financial analysis software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Office suite software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software

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