Brokerage Clerks

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About the Job

Perform duties related to the purchase, sale or holding of securities. Duties include writing orders for stock purchases or sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, tracking stock price fluctuations, computing equity, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.

It is also Called

  • Transfer Clerk
  • Transaction Processor
  • Trading Assistant
  • Telephone Quotation Clerk
  • Stock Clerk
  • Securities Settlement Processor
  • Securities Clerk
  • Sales Trader
  • Sales Assistant
  • Registered Sales Assistant
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What They Do

  • Prepare reports summarizing daily transactions and earnings for individual customer accounts.
  • Compute total holdings, dividends, interest, transfer taxes, brokerage fees, or commissions and allocate appropriate payments to customers.
  • Verify ownership and transaction information and dividend distribution instructions to ensure conformance with governmental regulations, using stock records and reports.
  • Monitor daily stock prices and compute fluctuations to determine the need for additional collateral to secure loans.
  • Schedule and coordinate transfer and delivery of security certificates between companies, departments, and customers.
  • Prepare forms, such as receipts, withdrawal orders, transmittal papers, or transfer confirmations, based on transaction requests from stockholders.
  • Perform clerical tasks, such as answering phones or distributing mail.
  • File, type, or operate standard office machines.
  • Document security transactions, such as purchases, sales, conversions, redemptions, or payments, using computers, accounting ledgers, or certificate records.
  • Correspond with customers and confer with coworkers to answer inquiries, discuss market fluctuations, or resolve account problems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $58,360 with most people making between $36,670 and $81,500

Outlook

0.67%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,500 people in California. It is projected that there will be 4,800 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 110 replacement openings for approximately 140 total annual openings.