Commodity Trader


Rule number one: Don’t lose money. Rule number two: Don’t forget rule number one.

Warren Buffet
Commodity Trader

In A Nutshell

I buy and sell agricultural goods on behalf of my clients.

I monitor international markets to see patterns and trends in different economies.

I work directly with customers and help them decide what they should be buying and when.


Potential Salary Range

$76,000 - 99,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK

The stock market world is extremely exciting. Whether I’m in the action or calling in from an office, things change so quickly that you never really know what each day is going to be like. 



Job Requirements & Duties

  • Monitor different stock markets and economies around the world to see how different commodities are doing
  • Talk to clients to make suggestions about where they should invest their money
  • Buy and sell stocks on behalf of clients 
  • Negotiate prices and specifics about different goods
  • Read articles to interpret the directions that different markets may go
  • Monitor different customers’ portfolios and communicate how they are doing and what steps they should take

Education & Training

  • A university degree in economics, statistics, or another business-related area is required.

Job Outlook

    The outlook for this job is considered fair; there will be approximately the same number of job openings as there are people to fill them.

Related School Subjects

69 Math
Social Studies
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Stocks Market Economy Money

Important Skills

Money Management

Ultimately, this role is about moving large amounts of money around. It’s really helpful for employees to feel comfortable talking about and working with money. 

Decision Making

The stock market changes fast. I need to be able to make decisions quickly and not doubt myself or my instincts. 

Verbal Communication

Money and stocks can be a confusing topic for a lot of people, but it’s my job to explain situations to my customers in a way that’s understandable to help them make informed decisions. 


Sometimes customers change their mind midway through a project and sometimes codes are hard to troubleshoot. It’s important to be resilient and get back up again after these challenges!


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Pays Well
Helps Others
Independent Work
Flexible Work Environment
Problem Solving