Stock market traders are a specialization within the securities, commodities and financial services industry. These professionals most frequently work for brokerage houses, investment companies, retirement funds and other financial organizations. Common duties of stock market traders include communicating with stock brokers, placing buy and sell orders, trading stocks on electronic networks and completing required paperwork.
Stock market traders must thrive in stressful environments. As a result, they must be able to think and act quickly and be adaptable and focused. Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills are also important for a successful career as a stock market trader.