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The Pros and Cons of Entry Level Bank Teller Jobs

Bank teller jobs have both their pluses and minuses. Here's a look at some of the factors to consider before working in the field.


When preparing to take on a job, or planning for any type of specific career, you want to consider the bad as much as you think about the good. This way, you can be sure that you’re picking a job that’s right for you, as you don’t want to be taking on any duties that you just know you can’t handle or don’t want to have to deal with. Every job has some of those, and you don’t want to find out after you’re committed and you’ve signed on. That can even be true of bank teller jobs if you’re not prepared for what comes with the territory.

These are some of the most in demand positions around, and you can be sure that they are going to afford you a ton of opportunities. But you also want to be prepared for both sides of that, to ensure that you really know what you’re getting into when it comes time to work for a bank. Here are some of the most common pros and cons that ensure that you’re able to figure out whether or not bank teller jobs are the right type of a fit for you:

Let’s get the negatives out of the way, so first up are the cons.

-Not a fantastic starting salary

You’re going to find right off the bat that with just about any types of entry level bank teller jobs, they are just not what you want to be living off of. They provide you with roundabouts $9 to $11 an hour in most places, and even as a full time or close to full time option, that’s only going to be providing you with a little over $20,000 a year, and that’s not enough for many people to live on without help of some sort.

-You need to have some really good counting skills.

As a bank teller you literally count up all the money throughout all the transactions that you encounter throughout the day. That means having some tip top counting skills. Otherwise, if you come up negative for the day, or over you’re going to be called into question, and you can even lose your job for a simple clerical error.

If you can manage those, you can look forward to these positives about bank teller jobs:

-Great advancement opportunities.

The number one thing that you’re going to find with a content cheerful bank teller job is that they provide you the perfect stepping stone. They get you invaluable experience that you need to make sure you’re able to take your career to the next level. Whether you want to be a bank manager at some point, or if you want to go as far as running an entire branch of the bank, you can be sure that you have the opportunity to take your career about as far as you can possibly want to take things.

-Amazing  job outlook.

Another thing that you’re going to find is that the need to fill bank teller jobs is only on the rise. That’s because of the recent trend of companies downsizing, and also hiring more lower end career personnel opposed to the expensive managers that was a method of the past. That means that there are more and more bank teller careers opening up every single day, so that you can count on opportunities growing and growing as time goes on. In fact, they are the number one job opportunity out there at the moment if you’re looking to get involved in the banking world.

-Almost no educational requirements.

While it can only help to have some sort of a college education, it certainly isn’t going to hurt you if you’re right out of high school and you’re looking for the job. You can find all sorts of great bank teller jobs and opportunities with minimal education. Though it’s usually helpful to have a basic understating of accounting, even if all you have is an associates degree. That’s only going to help you down the line, and is usually a good idea for starting out. What’s more, you want to think about getting that education for starters, so that you can take your career further as well, as the higher ranking positions is where your degree really matters.

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