Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents held about 281,000 jobs in 2004.
More than half of jobs were found in securities, commodity contracts, and other financial
investments and related activities. One in 5 worked in depository and nondepository credit
intermediation, including commercial banks, savings institutions, and credit unions.
Although securities and commodities sales agents are employed by firms in all parts of
the country, many work for a small number of large securities and investment banking firms
headquartered in New York City. About 1 out of 8 securities, commodities, and financial
services sales agents were self-employed.