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Bank Teller

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

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About This Career

Receives and pays out money. Keeps records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution's various transactions.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Banking Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Balances currency, coin, and checks in cash drawers at ends of shifts and calculates daily transactions, using computers, calculators, or adding machines.
  • Receives checks and cash for deposit, verifies amounts, and checks accuracy of deposit slips.
  • Monitors bank vaults to ensure cash balances are correct.
  • Cashes checks and pays out money after verifying that signatures are correct, that written and numerical amounts agree, and that accounts have sufficient funds.
  • Counts currency, coins, and checks received, by hand or using currency-counting machine, to prepare them for deposit or shipment to branch banks or the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Enters customers' transactions into computers to record transactions and issues computer-generated receipts.
  • Examines checks for endorsements and to verify other information, such as dates, bank names, identification of the persons receiving payments, and the legality of the documents.
  • Prepares and verifies cashier's checks.
  • Resolves problems or discrepancies concerning customers' accounts.
  • Processes transactions, such as term deposits, retirement savings plan contributions, automated teller transactions, night deposits, and mail deposits.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Account Representative
  • Customer Relationship Specialist
  • Customer Service Associate (CSA)
  • Member Services Representative
  • Personal Banking Representative
  • Roving Teller
  • Teller
  • Branch Operations Specialist
  • Financial Services Representative (FSR)


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