Consider a Career in Banking

Banking Career-Officer Are you looking for a career field that can:

  • Provide a wide range of job opportunities and experiences?
  • Build your confidence by helping you develop new skills?
  • Encourage on-the-job training and reward achievements in higher education?
  • Challenge you to solve problems and help others manage their finances?
  • Offer opportunities for leadership and community service?

female banking careerDo you want a career in a field that offers its employees competitive salaries and benefits, opportunities for career advancement, education and training, job flexibility and excellent working conditions? Then consider a career in banking.

Today’s banks are a whole new breed. With rapidly changing technology, banks offer many new and exciting products and services — and many diverse career opportunities.

Banking Career-Loan OfficerToday’s banker may be a computer programmer, an attorney, a public relations specialist, a customer support representative for online and mobile banking, a social media manager, an accountant, a human resources manager, an agricultural expert, an economist, a teller, a sales representative or a loan officer, to mention a few.

Whatever your talents, interests and educational background, there is a career in banking for you.

So what do banks do anyway?

Mortgage ApplicationBanking is essentially a service business. Bankers identify the financial needs of each segment of society — business, government and consumers — and then develop banking services to meet those needs. Some of the more familiar services include checking and savings accounts, online and mobile banking and individual retirement accounts.

The banking industry is innovating just like any progressive industry. Many of today’s banks offer the convenience of bill pay and check depositing using your smart phone’s camera, peer-to-peer electronic payments using your smart phone and 24-hour video teller services.

Customer ServiceBanks also provide their customers with loans to start a new business, expand an existing commercial venture or purchase a home or car. Banks often assist college students who need financing to cover their educational costs.

Customers can use their bank to make their mortgage payments and handle other bills automatically, and take advantage of credit cards like VISA and MasterCard.

Today’s full-service banks offer insurance, investment, brokerage and international banking services as well as financial counseling for businesses and investors.

You can be part of this challenging and fulfilling environment. Take a closer look at the many opportunities you can enjoy with a career in banking.

Career Opportunities

Analyst While you may be most familiar with the tellers and customer service representatives at your own bank, there are many other employees who work in key areas of a bank.

  • Credit Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Webmaster/Developer
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Compliance Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Loan Processor
  • Security
  • Attorney
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Investment Officer
  • Accountant
  • Audit
  • Training Coordinator
  • Teller
  • Economist
  • Agricultural Lender
  • Commercial Loan Officer
  • Loan Officer

Employee Benefits

  • Mobile Wallet Competitive Compensation
  • Paid vacation (usually two weeks after the first year) plus Federal Holidays
  • Health Insurance
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Continuing Education
  • Career Advancement/Opportunities

Social Benefits

  • Helps individuals/families to purchase cars, homes and fund education
  • Helps finance small businesses
  • Helps individuals plan for retirement
  • Community involvement/service

Qualifications

  • Mobile Banking Good academic standing and attendance record
    • Some jobs will require a high school degree and good math skills.
    • Other jobs will require a college or specialty degree.
  • Good credit history
  • Desire to work with people and as a team
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to change

What’s the next step?

  • Bank TellerContact your school guidance counselor or placement officer and see if your skills and experience are suited to a banking career, whether after high school or college.
  • Work with your guidance counselor or call up a bank to set up a “job shadow” to experience a day in the life of a banker.
  • Talk to those who already work in a bank.
    • What did they do in school to get to this career?
    • Why did they choose a banking career?
    • What do they enjoy most about working for a bank?
  • Contact your local bank’s human resources department or go online to learn more about their career opportunities.

Whatever path you choose to follow, on behalf of all bankers, we wish you success and personal fulfillment in the career of your choice.