Getting a job as a currency trader without a degree.


Legendary member
Mar 18, 2002
Hi GC,
This FAQ contains background info' to give you any idea of what you're up against with some useful links in post #3: How Do I get a Job Trading?

Also, there are quite a few threads on this topic - so it might be worth your while doing a search. Start with the 'Similar Threads' at the foot of this page.

Best of luck!
Jan 26, 2011
My friend you certainly don't need a degree to become a trader. In fact many successful traders of times gone past have come from all walks of life at varying levels of education.

To be successful getting the correct mindset is the most important asset. No degree will help you in the markets as your mind plays games with itself. No amount of learning theory or technical analysis will help you either, the only thing that will is by learning first hand by getting your hands dirty in the markets.

My advice? Trade for yourself. Why trade for someone else? Learn the basics of technical analysis ( free school), read trading in the zone by mark douglas, get a solid price action strategy like the pipdaq setups and then practice, practice, practice. Forget a degree, pHD or any education - it will not help you with your goal.
Jul 28, 2013
You don't need a job if you are really good at trading.

Also career in a forex market is a not so easy one with uncertainties.
You say you don't need a job. Where do you get your starting capital then? How do you support yourself through the learning process?

I agree, eventually you shouldn't need a job, but maybe working for someone else whilst you learn the ropes isn't such a bad idea.
Jul 31, 2013
Can anybody advice on how to get a currency trading job without a degree?

Hi GameyCapital,

If you're good at what you do, i.e you've taught yourself how to trade which means you have a good overall grasp of the business), and you can convey that to a prospective employer, then I don't think you'll have any trouble getting a job in the industry. Trust me, it all looks far scarier from the outside than the inside and all you need is a simple foot in the door.

I've been employed in several different areas and I'll tell you matter of fact: traders know more about the markets than all the various industry hangers-on, be they reporters, sales-people, managers etc. As long as you can prove you know your stuff, you'll be a shoe-in for any job you go for.

And besides it takes more years to teach yourself how to trade properly than it does to get a degree.


Well-known member
Dec 25, 2002
If you mean getting a job in bank on a flow/prop desk then I'd say that your chances are 0% without a degree. Having a degree from a decent university is the bare minimum you need just to apply, to actually get a job you'll need a lot more. It's a sad fact but the competition for these roles is fierce and they have to whittle down deluge of applicants somehow.
Aug 19, 2013
Well, get a Job? What do you mean? If just trading forex for your own, it is one thing. But if are trying to become a professional trader for financial institution, sorry, but I wouldn't hire a person with no education, even if you show me Forex account with 1000% of the yearly income. The risks are higher there and the basics do not work anymore.