I have read many of the posts but still have many unanswered questions. I am currently working as a stock broker but I don't really like sales and I want to get into something more technical. From what I know, I think a career as a trader would be a good match for my interests and personality. Any helpful comments to these questions would be appreciated. 1. What is the career like? 2. What makes for a successful trading career? Being a broker, if you put in lots of hours and follow the recipe you can be successful. It doesn't seem like that in a trading career. Is there a formula for success? Is there LUCK involved to being successful? Are there actually people that are long term successful in this career? How likely is that for someone entering the field? 3. How many hours do you dedicate per week? 4. What is the career path? 5. Who hires entry level traders? (preferably a propritary trading situation) 6. What are these companies looking for in entry level candidates? 7.Are there any opportunities in the san jose/san francisco area? Am I better off moving? Thanks in advance for your help!