Commodities Traders operate as independent agents to bring together buyers and sellers of commodities, negotiate private sales and arrange sales through established market places.

Specialisations: Energy Trader, Grain Buyer, Livestock Trader, Media Buyer, Wool Broker.

You usually need a formal qualification in commerce, accounting, finance, economics or actuarial studies to work as a Commodities Trader. Commodities Traders often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Monitors commodity prices, trends and other factors affecting the supply and demand for commodities.
  • Negotiates the purchase and sale of commodities such as grains, wool, minerals and metals.

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  • $2,231 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
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Commodities Traders

  • 2,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 29% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Commodities Traders (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 2,200 in 2011 to 2,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Commodities Traders work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Wholesale Trade; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Wholesale Trade27.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services22.2
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13.2
Manufacturing9.8
Other Industries27.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommodities TradersAll Jobs Average
NSW37.131.6
VIC30.825.6
QLD15.820.0
SA6.97.0
WA7.110.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommodities TradersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-248.8-9.39.3
25-3431.7-22.922.9
35-4420.4-22.022.0
45-5418.7-21.621.6
55-597.3-9.09.0
60-645.6-6.06.0
65 and Over7.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCommodities TradersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree40.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.9-21.121.1
Year 1216.7-18.118.1
Year 114.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.2-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in commerce, accounting, finance, economics or actuarial studies to work as a Commodities Trader. Commodities Traders often have university qualifications.

You must also be registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Australian Financial Services licence

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Economics and Accounting

    64% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Mathematics

    61% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Sales and Marketing

    59% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 41-3031.03 - Securities and Commodities Traders.

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    100% Important

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  3. Spend Time Sitting

    100% Important

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  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

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    99% Important

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