Inside Stock Broker Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Stock Prices Are Controlled By The Market And Not By Facts...
Most people think that stockbrokers just sell stocks, they actually sell other forms of finance. In fact, brokers can also sell insurance." (Stock Broker; 2014)

Career: 28 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Business at Yeshiva University in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 1984

"What has surprised me most about my profession is how just about anyone can get involved without a degree. For example in my line of work in the brokerage industry it is not required that you have a college degree but rather than you have good sales skills." (Stockbroker; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, female
School: Studied Finance at Eastern Michigan University in Michigan; completed Bachelor degree in 2010

"I was surprised that the understanding of psych was just as important as economics and finance in order to work with the stock market." (Trader; 2012)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Psychology at Northwestern in Illinois; completed Master degree in 2008

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Career Tips

"Learn To Sell Well And Be Successful As A Stockbroker...
If you want to become a successful stockbroker, learn from a company that'll teach you to sell. If you know how to convince a buyer to buy, then you'll have lots of clients. To be stockbroker is to be a salesman no matter how knowledgeable you are in stocks." (Stock Broker; 2014)