Financial Services Brokers

Financial services brokers, sometimes called registered representatives, account executives, securities sales representatives, or stockbrokers, work to represent both individuals and organizations who wish to invest in and sell stocks, bonds, or other financial products. Financial services brokers analyze companies offering stocks to see if investing is worth the risk. They also advise clients on proper investment strategies for their own investment goals. Securities, commodities, and financial services brokers hold approximately 325,140 jobs in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Represent both individuals and organizations who wish to invest in and sell stocks, bonds, or other financial products
Alternate Title(s) Account Executives, Registered Representatives, Securities Sales Representatives, Stockbrokers
Salary Range Below $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, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Experience in general sales positions or in a summer internship or part-time job at a brokerage house will be useful
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Sales
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Branch Manager, Research Analyst, or Partner
  • Financial Services Broker
  • Trainee

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