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Financial Services Sales Agent

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What They Do

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents Career Video

About This Career

Buys and sells securities or commodities in investment and trading firms, or provide financial services to businesses and individuals. May advise customers about stocks, bonds, mutual funds, commodities, and market conditions.

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

A person in this career:

  • Makes bids or offers to buy or sell securities.
  • Monitors markets or positions.
  • Agrees on buying or selling prices at optimal levels for clients.
  • Keeps accurate records of transactions.
  • Buys or sells stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.
  • Completes sales order tickets and submits for processing of client-requested transactions.
  • Reports all positions or trading results.
  • Interviews clients to determine clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, or financial objectives.
  • Discusses financial options with clients and keeps them informed about transactions.
  • Identifies opportunities or develops channels for purchase or sale of securities or commodities.

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 requires being inside most 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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Financial Advisor — Provides financial advice or guidance to customers.
  • Investments Advisor
  • Investments Specialist
  • Financial Consultant
  • Personal Banker
  • Investment Representative
  • Broker — Sells and manages insurance products across companies and risk types.


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