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Bank Officer Career

Considering a career as a Bank Officer? Find out all you need to know to decide whether this career is right for you.

What does a Bank Officer do?

The role of a Bank Officer can vary greatly since "Bank Officer" is an umbrella term not confined to a specific profession. The title of "Bank Officer" may be held by various experienced employees of a bank such as a branch manager, an assistant manager, a loan officer, any other type of financial manager, etc.

As a Bank Officer, your duties will be various and many in number. You will need to have a fundamental understanding of your bank's objectives and the roles of all those who will call you their supervisor.

You will need to understand all programs and policies established for your bank, the employees and customers. Successful banks present the image of complete knowledge with regard to their business and steadfast concern for the business of their customers.

As a Bank Officer, you will need to have great confidence in your ability as a leader and in your management techniques. Having a thorough understanding of your bank's goals and the bank's staffing needs means little if you can not establish a work environment that fosters a high quality of work from your employees.

Depending on the level of your eduation and the experience you have acquired, you may be involved with analyzing current bank operations and help with the development of new bank programs and policies. Such duties are typically reserved for those with many years of experience, MBA's in Accounting or Finance or both.

Finally, as a Bank Officer, the most important asset you will need is excellent communication skills. During an ordinary work day, you will likely be a salesman when speaking with customers who are interested in a banking product, a manager when coordinating with your staff and a marketing expert when coordinating with other Bank Officers regarding new promotional ideas. All of these require strong communication skills to get across your ideas in an efficient manner.

How to Become a Bank Officer?

Educational requirements may vary slightly depending on the company, the area you wish to work and your previous work experience.

For most Banking Officer careers, the minimum educational requirement is the completion of a Bachelor's degree. However, there are some organizations who hire individuals with an Associate's degree in Accounting.

If you are interested in advancing your career as quickly as possible, then you may wish to earn an advanced degree such as an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting.

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Beyond a quality education and the development of skills necessary to succeed as a Bank Officer, you will need to learn where to gain experience by finding career opportunities.

You will find some career opportunities on Banking Career portals such as CareerBank.com; however, you will probably have quicker results if you contact a local recruiter or begin contacting hiring firms directly. You may find Bank Officer openings under newspaper or online classifieds (Craigslist or Monster.com).

What is a Bank Officer's Salary?

As a Bank Officer, your salary can vary significantly depending on your level of experience, your level of acquired education and size of the company you work for.

The median salary* for a Loan Officer is $51,800.

The top 10% of Loan Officers are pulling in an average of $107,000.

For the highly educated Bank Officer positions such as Financial Managers, the median salary* is $91,000 and the top 10% of Financial Managers are pulling in over $150,000.

In order to boost yourself to this level of success, you will need to perform highly, develop years of experience at a respectable company and lastly, earn yourself an advanced degree.

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* Source: The Bureau of Labor and Statistics for 2006

How does the future look for a Bank Officer?

The job growth for all types of Bank Officers is projected to fall slightly short of average job growth in the United States. With the infusion of helpful banking software, less banking staff will be needed to produce accurate financial reports.

However, when looking more closely, highly educated Bank Officer job openings are expected to be above the average (18% for Financial Managers). This means opportunity for motivated individuals willing to earn an advanced education will find many high paying opportunities in the banking industry.

The future looks bright for the Bank Officer profession, so go ahead and get started!

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