Commodities Brokers


Commodities Brokers


Commodities brokers, also known as futures commission merchants and commodities sales agents, act as agents in carrying out purchases and sales of commodities for customers or traders. Commodities are primary goods that are either raw or partially refined. Such goods are produced by farmers, such as corn, wheat, or cattle, or mined from the earth, such as gold, copper, or silver. Brokers, who may work at a brokerage house, on the floor of a commodities exchange, or independently, are paid a fee or commission for ac...

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Experience as a clerk



Business Management


Personality Traits



This is an entrepreneurial business. A broker's commission is based on the number of clients he or she recruits, the amount of money they invest, and the profit they make. The sky's the limit. In recent years, the most successful broker made $25 million in a year. A typical salary for a newly hired brokerage assistant might average $3,500 per month plus a commission on sales. Smaller firms are ...

Work Environment

Nearly all exchanges now use electronic systems to automate trades, and many use them exclusively. In these settings, the trading floor is more like a typical office setting, with brokers sitting in front of computers conducting research and making trades. 

Brokers and traders do not have a nine-to-five job. While commodities trading on the exchange generally takes place from 9:00


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents will grow about as fast as the average for all careers from 2018 to 2028. There will continue to be opportunities as a result of the growing number and increasing complexity of investment options, the increasing types of commodities that available for investment due to the incr...