investment manager wealth manager
Financial services

Career outlook for stockbroker

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would look after investments for people or companies. It would be your job to get the best financial returns by buying and selling stocks, shares and other financial products.

You could offer three types of service:

  • Discretionary – making investment decisions for your clients
  • Advisory – giving clients advice about investments
  • Execution only – buying and selling only if clients ask you to, without giving advice

You may specialise in one type of service or offer all three.

For all types of service, you would:

  • Manage clients' investment portfolios
  • Help clients develop their investment strategy
  • Work closely with investment analysts to research financial markets
  • Answer clients' questions
  • Keep clients informed about their investments and changes in the market
  • Instruct stock market traders to get the best market prices
  • Market your services to new clients

In larger companies, you might specialise in investing in certain markets such as technology or finance, or in specific regions such as the Far East.

Working conditions


You would work long hours, typically 7am until around 6pm, Monday to Friday. If you work with commodities or Asian markets, your hours may be irregular due to international time differences.


You would usually work in a large, open plan office, and spend most of your time at the computer and on the telephone.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • English (often required by courses and employers)
  • Maths (often required by courses and employers)
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Business subjects
  • ICT subjects

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Once in the job you must achieve industry-recognised qualifications and register with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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Ability in one or more foreign languages.