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Financial Institution Tellers, Clerks, and Related Workers
Most banks today prefer to hire individuals who have completed
high school. If you take courses in bookkeeping, mathematics,
business arithmetic, and business machines while in high school,
you may have an advantage when applying for a job. Most banks now
use computers to perform the routine tasks that workers formerly
did by hand, so be sure to take computer science courses. Take
English, speech, and foreign language classes to improve your
communication skills, which you will need when interacting with
customers and other workers. Some banks are interested in hiring
college graduates (or those who have completed at least two years
of college training) who can eventually move into managerial
positions. Exchange clerks may be expected to know foreign
languages. Additionally, some banks hire tellers who are proficient
in one or more foreign languages to assist customers who do not
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