Equity Trader

Job Description:

An equity trader executes buy and sell orders for stocks and other equity securities on behalf of clients or their firm to generate profit from short-term market fluctuations.

Job Category:
Financial Services

What you will do:

As an. equity trader, you will be:

  • Executing timely and accurate buy and sell orders for stocks and equity securities in alignment with client or firm strategies
  • Monitoring market trends, price movements, and news to make informed trading decisions
  • Assessing and managing the risks associated with trades to minimize potential losses
  • Developing and implementing trading strategies based on market conditions, technical analysis, and research
  • Acting as a liquidity provider by offering to buy or sell securities to other traders or market participants
  • Capitalising on short-term market fluctuations to generate profit for clients or the trading firm
  • Utilising automated trading algorithms to execute large and complex trades efficiently
  • Communicating with clients, portfolio managers, and colleagues to understand trading goals and strategies
  • Ensuring trades adhere to regulations, exchange rules, and ethical standards
  • Maintaining accurate records of trades, orders, and market interactions
  • Employing trading platforms, software, and tools to execute trades effectively
  • Making swift and well-informed decisions in fast-paced trading environments
  • Analysing company news, financial reports, and industry developments to inform trading decisions
  • Adjusting trading strategies based on changing market conditions and news
  • Staying updated with market trends, financial news, and trading innovations


You will need:

  • knowledge of financial markets and market analysis
  • knowledge of equity securities and trading strategies
  • knowledge of technical and fundamental analysis
  • knowledge in risk management, and regulations
  • knowledge and understanding of technology and how to use it

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become an equity trader, a strong educational foundation is important. While specific requirements can vary, the following GCSE subjects are generally beneficial:

  1. Mathematics: Proficiency in math is crucial for analysing market data, calculating profits, and understanding trading metrics.
  2. Business Studies or Economics: These subjects provide insights into market dynamics, economic principles, and financial concepts.
  3. Statistics: Understanding statistical concepts is valuable for analysing market trends and making informed decisions.
  4. Computer Science: Familiarity with technology and programming basics is helpful due to the tech-driven trading environment.
  5. English: Effective communication skills are essential for conveying trading strategies and collaborating with teams.

While these subjects create a solid base, remember that becoming an equity trader typically requires higher education, often a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business, or a related field. Universities or colleges might consider your GCSE subjects alongside A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) when evaluating your application. It’s advisable to research the specific requirements of institutions you’re interested in and seek guidance from academic advisors to tailor your educational path accordingly.

To become an equity trader, you need the following qualifications and requirements:


Begin with a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business, or a related field.

Internships or Experience

Gain practical experience through internships, trading simulations, or entry-level positions.

Licensing (Optional)

Depending on your location and the firm’s requirements, you might need licenses such as Series 7 or Series 63 in the United States.

Working Hours and Environment:

Equity traders work long and irregular hours, analysing markets, making quick decisions, and interacting with clients in fast-paced trading environments that rely heavily on technology and demand constant learning.

Career Path & Progression:

The equity trader career path often involves starting as a trading assistant, progressing to junior and full traders, and potentially advancing to senior trader, portfolio manager, quantitative trading, risk management, fund management, or consulting roles.