For some background info, I have a major in Finance and a minor in Economics from a good university with a 3.1 GPA. Trading, and the market in general is something I have always had a strong interest in. For the past 9 months, I have been interviewing for several trading assistant/ junior trading positions along with a few other major banks and one mutual fund company. One of the main reasons I wanted to do trading is to have unlimited earning potential based on my own performance, but it seems like most of the companys I have been to are saying, "we are going to pay you almost nothing to learn how to trade, then once your on your own you will probably not be profitable for 6-12 months and even then you still might not make that great of living." Is this true or are they just trying to scare away people trying to make a easy buck. But if it is true, am I better of going to work for a mutual fund company and completing my CFA. I am hearing that trading experience doesn't look favorable on a resume because you don't really learn anything that would be helpful to a different type of career in finance. I guess I am confused on why so may people apply for these junior trader jobs. Thanks ahead of time for your input.