Bank Examiners

Bank examiners, also known as financial examiners, investigate financial institutions to ensure their safety and soundness and to enforce federal and state laws. They arrange audits, review policies and procedures, study documents, and interview managers and employees. They prepare detailed reports that can be used to strengthen banks.

A bank examiner's fundamental duty is to make sure people do not lose the money they have entrusted to banks. Bank examiners protect account holders. They also protect the federal and state governments that are responsible for insuring financial institutions. There are approximately 30,680 financial examiners employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Financial Examiners
Duties Investigate financial institutions to ensure their safety and soundness and to enforce federal and state laws
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Five or more years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Bank Examiner Supervisor or Banking Consultant
  • Commissioned Examiner
  • Bank Examiner
  • Assistant or Associate Examiner

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