Find Your Future in Banking

Whatever your talents, interests and educational background, there is a career in banking for you. Ready to work for a thriving industry with a wide range of job roles and career paths? Explore a career in banking. Banking offers career opportunities beyond finance and retail banking—from technology to communications, community development and more. Find your next career move today.

Benefits of a Banking Career

Banking is a profession that offers a huge variety of opportunities, as well as the possibility of rapid career progression, all with good pay and benefits. For those willing to accept the challenge, the rewards can be great.

  • Competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including retirement options and healthcare
  • Wide range of job roles—not just in finance!
  • Opportunities for all career stages from entry level, transitioning veterans and service members, and skilled professionals
  • Career advancement and development while on the job
  • Good work-life balance and stable hours
  • Ability to give back to the community

A Diverse and Rewarding Industry

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

Types of Banking Jobs

  • Accounting — record keeping, bookkeeping, and financial analysis and management
  • Commercial Banking — business banking services like loans and other credit accounts for customers like schools, churches and other organizations
  • Compliance — provides strategic direction, ensures bank abides by industry laws and regulations
  • Consumer Banking — retail branch services for individual customers, like checking accounts, mortgages and other loans and credit
  • Human Resources — manages employee placement, salaries, benefits and training
  • Information Systems and Cybersecurity — ensures availability of information, maintains computer systems and software, and protects data
  • Marketing and Data Analytics — promotes the bank’s products and services, coordinates advertising and analyzes customer and market behavior to make strategic decisions
  • Operations and Business Management — handles the bank’s internal operations, sets policies and provides oversight
  • Public Relations and Communications — manages media relations, stakeholder relationships, reputation management, social media and speaking engagements
  • Technology and Product Management — as e-commerce and online banking technology continue to expand, tech-savvy individuals will always be in demand.
  • Trust and Investment Banking, Wealth Management — manages money or property for others, and serves as a fiduciary and trusted advisor, strong relationship management skills preferred.

Career Paths in Banking

A career in banking is open to everyone, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age or physical capabilities. Banks hire and train people who are interested in learning and working. Find online training from the American Bankers Association to help you prepare for your next big role.

What Skills Do Employers Look For?

  • Technical skills and education
  • Basic computer and software skills
  • Database management and entry
  • At least a high school diploma or GED for some roles
  • Many roles require a university degree
  • People skills
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Customer service/relationship management
  • Leadership

Meet Some of Today's Bankers

Silvia Alvarez
SVP and Director of Corporate Communications
First Horizon National Corporation
Memphis, TN

Ashley Nagle Eknaian
Chief Digital Strategist and Head of Eastern Labs
Eastern Bank
Boston, MA

Ida Liu
Head of North America
Citi Private Bank
New York, NY

Tyler Stevenson
Commercial and Agribusiness Lender
Sandwich, IL

Tabatha Thurman
Community Manager, Vault 405
Citizens Bank of Edmond
Memphis, TN

Tashawn Ward
Customer Solutions Associate II
Chelsea Groton Bank
Groton, CT

Find online training from the American Bankers Association to help you prepare for your next big role.