Brokerage Clerks

As a brokerage clerk, you’ll work in the realm of finance, a world with a language all its own.

A security, for example, is a contract in which a person or business agrees to either purchase part of a company or lend it money. An exchange is a place, such as the New York Stock Exchange, where securities are traded. A trading floor is the room in the exchange where the trading takes place.

Brokerage clerks compute and record data related to securities trades.

Did You Know?

The most common type of brokerage clerk is a broker’s assistant, also called a sales assistant. Many broker's assistants work their way up to become stock brokers.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Work carefully in a hectic environment
  • Work with numbers
  • Take, buy, and sell orders from customers
  • Process paperwork
  • Use computers
  • Continue learning on the job

It Helps To Be...

Good with numbers, attentive to detail, and comfortable using computers. Good people skills will also come in handy when it’s time to interact with customers.

Make High School Count

  • Build solid math skills.
  • Practice your communication skills in English, drama, and speech classes.
  • Learn about the role of business, banking, and the stock market in U.S. and world history.
  • Sign up for accounting, business, and computer classes.
  • Take psychology to better your understanding of human nature.
  • Read the business section of a daily newspaper.
  • Ask adults who invest in the stock market to discuss their strategies with you.
  • Start an investment club at your school and create an imaginary stock portfolio (collection of stocks). Use a computer spreadsheet program or logbook to track changes in its value.

Did You Know?

Brokerage clerks work in the operations departments and branch offices of securities firms and on trading floors.

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