I'm not sure why you would think that prop trading is a high profile job, but I'm embarrassed to tell people that I am a daytrader and that I work for a prop trading firm and that is how I make my living. My peers and friends would laugh at me if they knew I worked at a prop firm. Working at a prop firm is degrading. A prop trading job is the same as being a porter and cleaning toilets for a the rich man that owns the hotel. Prop traders are like smelly smuggled over the border Mexican assembly line factory workers. A dime a dozen. They work for cheap and grind away for commissions while they make the owner rich doing the same thing over and over. Not a good job.