Job Description:

Stockbrokers manage their clients' investments by trading stocks, shares and other financial products to get the best return.

Job Category:
Financial Services

What you will do:

In this role you could

  • research financial markets and the latest trading figures
  • work closely with investment analysts
  • generate new business and develop close relationships with clients
  • manage and review client portfolios
  • give advice on risks
  • instruct stock market traders, to achieve the best market prices
  • meet profit, new business and retention targets
  • keep up to date with tax and financial legislation


You’ll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions (leadership skills)
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination (ambition/drive)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a stockbroker, you typically don’t need specific subjects, but having a strong educational background can be advantageous. Stockbrokers usually require a bachelor’s degree and further professional qualifications and licenses. Here are some subjects that can be beneficial:

  1. Mathematics: A strong foundation in mathematics is crucial for understanding financial markets, performing calculations related to stock trades, and analysing investment data.
  2. English: Good communication skills, including writing and speaking, are essential for client interactions, preparing reports, and conveying financial information effectively.
  3. Economics or Business Studies: courses in economics or business studies can provide valuable insights into the financial industry and concepts related to stocks, bonds, and investments.
  4. Science: While not mandatory, science subjects can help develop analytical and problem-solving skills, which are valuable in financial analysis.
  5. IT (Information Technology): Proficiency in using computer software and financial analysis tools is important for researching investments and managing client portfolios.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • a graduate training scheme

You could start by doing a degree in a relevant subject like:

  • management
  • business
  • economics
  • finance
  • maths

A course with a placement year or a summer internship will give you valuable experience and an advantage when applying for work.

You may be able to get into this job through an investment specialist higher apprenticeship or financial services professional degree apprenticeship.

You will take professional exams as part of these apprenticeships and at the end you will be able to apply for membership of the relevant professional body.

Direct Application
You could move into stockbroking if you have a experience in accountancy, banking or insurance and take further training on the job.

Other Routes
You can apply for a place on a company’s graduate training scheme if you have a degree. You’ll usually need at least an upper second-class degree to apply. Useful subjects include:

  • business management
  • economics
  • finance
  • maths

There’s a lot of competition for places, so it’ll help if you have some relevant work experience.

Many graduates also have a postgraduate qualification like a master’s in business administration.

In the UK, you’ll need to register as an ‘approved person’ by the Financial Conduct Authority. There may be a similar authority in the country where you wish to work.

You may find it useful to gain professional qualifications from organisations like CFA Institute and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Skills in a second language can also help you to find a job.

Working Hours and Environment:

Your typical working hours could be variable.

You could work in an office or from home.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience and a good track record you could progress to become a trader, relationship manager or fund manager.

You could also become a partner or set up your own business.