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Working As A Senior Energy Trader

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Energy Trader Do

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.

Duties

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents typically do the following:

  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Offer advice on the purchase or sale of particular securities
  • Buy and sell securities, such as stocks and bonds
  • Buy and sell commodities, such as corn, oil, and gold
  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Analyze company finances to provide recommendations for public offerings, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Evaluate cost and revenue of agreements

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents deal with a wide range of products and clients. Agents spend much of the day interacting with people, whether selling stock to an individual or discussing the status of a merger deal with a company executive. The work is usually stressful because agents deal with large amounts of money and have time constraints.

A security or commodity can be traded in two ways: electronically or in an auction-style setting on the floor of an exchange market. Markets such as the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation system (NASDAQ) use vast computer networks rather than human traders to match buyers and sellers. Others, such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), rely on floor brokers to complete transactions. 

The following are examples of types of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents:

Brokers sell securities and commodities directly to individual clients. They advise people on appropriate investments based on the client’s needs and financial ability. The people they advise may have very different levels of expertise in financial matters.

Finding clients is a large part of a broker’s job. They must create their own client base by calling from a list of potential clients. Some agents network by joining social groups, and others may rely on referrals from satisfied clients.

Investment bankers connect businesses that need money to finance their operations or expansion plans with investors who are interested in providing that funding. This process is called underwriting, and it is the main function of investment banks. The banks first sell their advisory services to help companies issue new stocks or bonds, and then the banks sell the issued securities to investors.

Some of the most important services that investment bankers provide are initial public offerings (IPOs), and mergers and acquisitions. An IPO is the process by which a company becomes open for public investment by issuing its first stock. Investment bankers must estimate how much the company is worth and ensure that it meets the legal requirements to become publicly traded.

Investment bankers also connect companies in mergers (when two companies join together) and acquisitions (when one company buys another). Investment bankers provide advice throughout the process to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly.

Investment banking sales agents and traders carry out buy-and-sell orders for stocks, bonds, and commodities from clients and make trades on behalf of the firm itself. Investment banks primarily employ these workers, although some work for commercial banks, hedge funds, and private equity groups. Because markets fluctuate so much, trading is a split-second decisionmaking process. Slight changes in the price of a trade can greatly affect its profitability, making the trader’s decision extremely important.

Floor brokers work directly on the floor—a large room where trading is done—of a securities or commodities exchange. After a trader places an order for a security, floor brokers negotiate the price, make the sale, and forward the purchase price to the trader.

Financial services sales agents consult on a wide variety of banking, securities, insurance, and related services to individuals and businesses, often catering the services to meet the client’s financial needs. They contact potential clients to explain their services, which may include the handling of checking accounts, loans, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, credit cards, and estate and retirement planning.

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How To Become A Senior Energy Trader

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level jobs, and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) is useful for advancement.

Education

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor’s degree to get an entry-level job. Studies in business, finance, accounting, or economics are important, especially for larger firms. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate.

Numerous agents eventually get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which is often a requirement for high-level positions in the securities industry. Because the MBA exposes students to real-world business practices, it can be a major asset for jobseekers. Employers often reward MBA holders with higher level positions, better compensation, and large signing bonuses.

Training

Most employers provide intensive on-the-job training, teaching employees the specifics of the job, such as the products and services offered. Trainees in large firms may receive technical instruction in securities analysis and selling strategies. Firms often rotate their trainees among various departments to give them a broad understanding of the securities business.

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must keep up with new products and services and other developments. They attend conferences and training seminars regularly.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Brokers and investment bankers must register as representatives of their firm with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). To obtain the license, potential agents must pass a series of exams.

Many other licenses are available, each of which gives the holder the right to sell different investment products and services. Traders and some other sales representatives also need licenses, although these vary by firm and specialization. Financial services sales agents may need to be licensed, especially if they sell securities or insurance. Most firms offer training to help their employees pass the licensing exams.

Agents who are registered with FINRA must attend continuing education classes to keep their licenses. Courses consist of computer-based training on legal requirements or new financial products or services.

Although not always required, certification enhances professional standing and is recommended by employers. Brokers, investment bankers, and financial services sales agents can earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, sponsored by the CFA Institute. To qualify for this certification, applicants need a bachelor’s degree or 4 years of related work experience and must pass three exams, which require several hundred hours of independent study. Applicants also must have an international passport. Exams cover subjects in accounting, economics, securities analysis, financial markets and instruments, corporate finance, asset valuation, and portfolio management. Applicants can take the exams while they are getting the required work experience.

Advancement

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents usually advance to senior positions in a firm by accumulating a greater number of accounts. Although beginners often service the accounts of individual investors, they may eventually service large institutional accounts, such as those of banks and retirement funds.

After taking a series of tests, some brokers become portfolio managers and have greater authority to make investment decisions regarding an account. For more information on portfolio managers, see the profile on financial analysts.

Some experienced sales agents become branch office managers and supervise other sales agents while continuing to provide services for their own clients. A few agents advance to top management positions or become partners in their firms.

Many investment banks use an “up or out” policy, in which entry-level investment bankers are either promoted or terminated after 2 or 3 years. Investment banks use this policy to ensure that entry-level positions are not occupied long term, allowing the bank to bring in new workers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. To judge the profitability of potential deals, securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must have strong analytical skills. This includes computer programming skills which they use to analyze financial products. 

Customer-service skills. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must be persuasive and make clients feel comfortable with the agent’s recommendations.

Decisionmaking skills. Investment banking traders must make split-second decisions, with large sums of money at stake.

Detail oriented. Investment bankers must pay close attention to the details of initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions because small changes can have large consequences.

Initiative. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must create their own client base by making “cold” sales calls to people to whom they have not been referred and to people not expecting the call.

Math skills. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents need to be familiar with mathematical tools, including investment formulas.

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Average Length of Employment
Floor Trader 5.7 years
Commodity Trader 4.7 years
Options Trader 4.4 years
Securities Trader 3.5 years
Equity Trader 3.5 years
Trader 3.4 years
Proprietary Trader 3.1 years
Energy Trader 3.1 years
Hedge Fund Trader 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Energy Trader
Trader 35.0%
Associate 3.1%
Broker 3.1%
Director 3.0%
Analyst 3.0%
Internship 2.7%
Manager 2.4%
Clerk 2.2%
Top Careers After Senior Energy Trader
Trader 18.7%
Director 7.4%
Principal 5.5%
Partner 3.6%
Manager 3.6%
Broker 3.4%
Owner 3.2%
Consultant 3.2%
President 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$173,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Centrica
Highest Paying City
White Plains, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Senior Energy Trader make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Energy Trader in the United States is $81,195 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $173,000.

Real Senior Energy Trader Salaries

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Senior Credit Trader Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York, NY May 28, 2013 $250,000
Senior Trader Virtu Financial Operating LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $250,000
Senior Trader Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York, NY Sep 13, 2010 $250,000
Senior Quantitative Trader (Electronic Market-Making) SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $250,000
Senior FTR Trader Citigroup Energy Inc. Houston, TX Jun 01, 2015 $250,000
Senior Structured Credit Trader HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $250,000
Senior Oil Trader Bunge Global Markets, Inc. White Plains, NY Apr 03, 2009 $230,000
Senior Trader Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $220,813
Senior Trader Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $220,813
Senior Trader Noble Americas Resources Corp Stamford, CT Nov 19, 2015 $215,530
SR. Crude Financial Trader Petrochina International (America), Inc. Houston, TX Aug 27, 2015 $215,000
Senior Crude Oil Trader Atlantic Trading & Marketing, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 10, 2014 $210,000
Senior Algorithmic Trader Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY May 18, 2016 $206,232
Senior Trader (U.S. Equity Risk Portfolios) SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Mar 12, 2015 $195,000
Senior Trader (Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Volatility Flow) SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Nov 05, 2014 $195,000
Senior Trader SEB Securities, Inc. F/K/A SEB Enskilda Inc. New York, NY Nov 24, 2014 $195,000
SR. Power Trader EDF Trading North America, LLC Houston, TX Nov 30, 2015 $190,000 -
$210,000
Senior Trader (Cross Commodities Volatility) Societe Generale New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $187,491
Senior Trader Nextera Energy Power Marketing, LLC Juno Beach, FL Jul 31, 2015 $185,000
Senior Trader, Proprietary Nextera Energy Power Marketing, LLC Juno Beach, FL Jul 14, 2015 $185,000
Senior Product Trader Atlantic Trading & Marketing, Inc. TX Aug 26, 2015 $146,307 -
$180,000
Senior Trader-Proprietary Nextera Energy Power Marketing, LLC Juno Beach, FL Sep 05, 2013 $146,033
Senior Trader-Proprietary Nextera Energy Power Marketing, LLC Juno Beach, FL Aug 16, 2012 $143,415
Senior Trader/Bonds Trading Consolidated Trading LLC Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2016 $142,938
Senior Financial Transmission Right (FTR) Trader Direct Energy, LP Woodbridge, NJ Jul 04, 2016 $142,000
Senior Export Vegetable Oil Trader Bunge North America, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Mar 28, 2016 $135,239
Senior Trader OLAM Americas, Inc. Richardson, TX May 17, 2014 $133,750
Senior Crude Trader Cargill, Incorporated Houston, TX Feb 12, 2015 $130,749 -
$210,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Energy Trader

  1. Trade Execution
  2. Portfolio Management
  3. Financial Products
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  • Established best practices with respect to trade execution, risk management, & trained junior ranking traders.
  • Assisted portfolio management in developing policies for construction and guidelines for portfolio implementation.
  • Worked with accountants to inform, and educated on new business, terminology, and market rules for all financial products.
  • Executed the trading for all strategies across 60 plus futures markets including the FX cash markets in the US and Europe.
  • Trade and manage equity and commodity derivative markets in both electronic and open outcry environments.

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Senior Energy Trader Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

12.2%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

French

15.4%

Portuguese

5.8%

Chinese

5.8%

Cantonese

5.8%

Korean

5.8%

Mandarin

5.8%

Bulgarian

3.8%

German

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Turkish

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Gujarati

1.9%

Igbo

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Kannada

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Hokkien

1.9%

Polish

1.9%
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Senior Energy Trader Education

Schools

University of Chicago

12.2%

New York University

8.3%

DePaul University

6.4%

University of Houston

6.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5.8%

Fordham University

5.8%

Northwestern University

5.1%

Saint John's University - New York

4.5%

University of Dayton

4.5%

Columbia University

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Duke University

4.5%

Drexel University

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Hofstra University

3.2%

Colorado State University

3.2%
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Majors

Finance

32.4%

Business

24.7%

Economics

14.2%

Accounting

4.7%

Management

3.2%

Political Science

3.2%

Computer Science

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Communication

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

International Business

1.2%

Business Economics

1.2%

Biology

1.2%

Law

1.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.9%

Small Business Management

0.9%

Psychology

0.9%

History

0.9%

Agricultural Business

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.0%

Masters

30.4%

Other

9.6%

Associate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.3%

Certificate

1.0%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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