I am currently in the process of deciding exactly how i want to structure my future degree (BEng/BCom), and have come to a bit of a hurdle. As part of my BCom degree (majoring in investment finance), i need to decide whether to go down a "trading on the stockmarket" stream or a "derivatives" stream. To begin with i had absolutely no idea what the derivatives markets were, but i have since done some reading and now have a basic idea. Is derivative trading really only for those who do it as a career? The reason i ask is because i always hear of people talking about the stockmarket, but i never hear anything about derivatives, which makes me think that perhaps the stockmarket trading stream will be better suited to me, since i plan on going into engineering work rather than finance. If anybody has any input into the matter id be greatly appreciative.