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The rustling of money is music to most people’s ears, but the huge duty of being the one to handle it can be intimidating. If you can deal with the pressure, a bank teller job is a pretty sweet gig.
You don’t need a college degree to be a bank teller as long as you have a head for numbers and a high school diploma. You’ll also need to pass criminal and credit background checks (you will have your hands on a lot of cash, after all).
We’re looking for a sharp, focused bank teller to provide our customers with top-notch service. To be successful in this job, you must have a professional appearance and a customer-focused attitude. You should be courteous, efficient, helpful and accurate.
Typical duties include:
Processing deposits, withdrawals, cashing checks and taking loan payments
Issuing money orders, traveler’s checks and cashier’s checks
Exchanging foreign currency
Resolving complaints and account discrepancies
Tracking, recording, reporting and storing transaction data to ensure the information is accurate and complete
Maintaining and balancing cash drawers
Packaging cash and rolling coins
Upselling bank products such as credit cards or loans
Keeping an organized work area
Responsibly handling currency, transactions and highly-confidential information
Using software to track bank information and generate reports
Following bank regulations and procedures
High school diploma or equivalent (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
Cash handling experience
Must pass a credit and criminal background check
Exceptional time management, communication and customer service skills
Basic math and computer skills
High level of accountability, efficiency and accuracy
Strong sales skills are a plus
Professional appearance and courteous manner
How much does a bank teller make?
Bank tellers make around $14 an hour.
What are the education requirements?
At the bare minimum, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED and some math skills. A college degree is rarely required, and most of the training will be done on the job. If you advance in your career and get into management or personal banking, you’ll need additional education and licenses.
Career paths for bank tellers
As your banking career continues, you could be promoted to head teller. This person supervises the other tellers and has access to the vault where the big money is kept. And they deal with customers who have complicated accounts or the ones who are super-angry. You could also choose to be a loan officer, the person who approves car, home or other types of funds. Or if you really like banking (and you’re good at it), you could become a branch manager.
The future of bank tellers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall job opportunities for bank tellers are predicted to decline 8% from 2016-26. ATMs and online banking are taking on the work human tellers are usually responsible for.