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Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
Quick Facts : Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
2010 Median Pay$70,190
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012312,200
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change47,500


Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents serve as the connection between buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, conduct trades and provide advice to companies looking for investors.

What Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents Do

  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Offer advice on the purchase or sale of particular securities
  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Analyze company finances to provide recommendations for public offerings, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Evaluate cost and revenue of agreements

Work Environment

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents work in high-stress environments and often work more than 40 hours per week.
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Job Outlook

Employment of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020 .
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents was $70,190.
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Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

70190

Sales Occupations

43308.1818

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents*
Percent Change in Employment

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

15.2146

Sales Occupations

14.306078997525303

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor's degree to get an entry-level job. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate.
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