In finance, equity trading is the buying and selling of company stock shares. Shares in large publicly-traded companies are bought and sold through one of the major stock exchanges, such as the New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange or Tokyo Stock Exchange, which serve as managed auctions for stock trades. Stock shares in smaller public companies are bought and sold in over-the-counter (OTC) markets.
A bachelor's degree is usually required to become an equity trader. Good majors for aspiring equity traders include business, finance, economics and related subjects. Earning a graduate degree in one of these areas can open up more job opportunities since many employers look upon advanced degrees favorably.
Equity traders work on the stock market buying and selling securities, or stock. Equity trading involves market analysis, strategic thinking and risk taking. Strong computer and communication skills are required, as well as a knowledge of finance history.