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Career and Education Opportunities for Broker Assistants in Portland, Maine

Broker assistants can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Portland, Maine area. There are currently 260 working broker assistants in Maine; this should shrink by 13% to 230 working broker assistants in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for broker assistants, which sees this job pool shrinking by about 2.6% over the next eight years. In general, broker assistants perform clerical duties involving the purchase or sale of securities.

A person working as a broker assistant can expect to earn about $18 per hour or $38,050 per year on average in Maine and about $18 hourly or $38,710 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for broker assistants are better than earnings in the general category of Clerical in Maine and better than general Clerical category earnings nationally.

There are twenty-three schools of higher education in the Portland area, including one within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as a broker assistant. The most common level of education for broker assistants is a Bachelor's degree. It will take about four years to learn to be a broker assistant if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Broker Assistant

Broker Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, broker assistants perform clerical duties involving the purchase or sale of securities. They also duties include writing orders for stock purchases and sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, tracking stock price fluctuations, computing equity, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.

Broker assistants file and operate standard office machines. Finally, broker assistants correspond with customers and talk with coworkers to respond to inquiries, consider market fluctuations, and resolve account problems.

Every day, broker assistants are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for broker assistants to record and document security transactions, such as purchases and payments, using computers or certificate archives. They are often called upon to schedule and direct transfer and delivery of security certificates between companies and customers. They also ready forms, such as receipts and transfer confirmations, on the basis of transaction requests from stockholders. Somewhat less frequently, broker assistants are also expected to ready reports summarizing daily transactions and earnings for individual customer accounts.

Broker assistants sometimes are asked to compute total holdings and commissions and allocate appropriate payments to customers. They also have to be able to correspond with customers and talk with coworkers to respond to inquiries, consider market fluctuations, and resolve account problems And finally, they sometimes have to monitor daily stock prices and compute fluctuations to establish the need for additional collateral to secure loans.

Like many other jobs, broker assistants must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

  • Bank Teller. Receive and pay out money. Keep records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution's various transactions.
  • Bookkeeper. Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
  • Clerk. Compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.
  • Library Clerk. Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
  • Loan Inspector. Interview loan applicants to elicit information; investigate applicants' backgrounds and verify references; prepare loan request papers; and forward findings, reports, and documents to appraisal department. Review loan papers to ensure completeness, and complete transactions between loan establishment, borrowers, and sellers upon approval of loan.
  • Payroll Bookkeeper. Compile and post employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions. May prepare paychecks.
  • Statistical Clerk. Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries. Includes actuarial clerks.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Broker Assistant Training

Central Maine Community College - Auburn, ME

Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210-6498. Central Maine Community College is a small college located in Auburn, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,426 students. Central Maine Community College has an associate's degree program in Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.