To start, you'll need a bachelor's degree in a related field—finance, economics, business, something like that. It can also be in a specialty field, like computer engineering, which is a great degree to have if you are a big fat technology investor (duh). Most often you will also need an MBA (Master of Business Administration or Master of Bull$%@# Accumulation, depending on where you went to school). And many professional investors today come from the PhD programs in Mathematics, Statistics, and other hard core analysis fields. Various licenses may also be required like the Series 7 (proudly offered by Shmoop <>) and others. You may not need a driver's license though. You just sit your butt down in that office chair and we will see you again in 30-40 years if you've lived to tell about it.