Commodities Brokers

Commodities brokers, also known as futures commission merchants and commodities sales agents, act as agents in carrying out purchases and sales of commodities for customers or traders. Commodities are primary goods that are either raw or partially refined. Such goods are produced by farmers, such as corn, wheat, or cattle, or mined from the earth, such as gold, copper, or silver. Brokers, who may work at a brokerage house, on the floor of a commodities exchange, or independently, are paid a fee or commission for acting as the middleman to conduct and complete the trade. Approximately 325,140 securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents (a group including commodities brokers) are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Act as agents in carrying out purchases and sales of commodities for customers or traders
Alternate Title(s) Commodities Sales Agents, Futures Commission Merchants
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Experience as a runner or as a clerk
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Sales
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Floor Manager, or Commodity Trading Adviser, or Money Manager
  • Commodities Broker
  • Associate, or Sales/Account Executive, or Runner

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