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Financial Institution Tellers, Clerks, and Related Workers
Financial institution tellers, clerks, and related workers perform many tasks in banks and other savings institutions. Tellers work at teller windows where they receive and pay out money, record customer transactions, cash checks, sell traveler's checks, and perform other banking duties. The most familiar teller is the commercial teller, who works with customers, handling check cashing, deposits, and withdrawals. Specialized tellers are also employed, especially at large financial institutions. Clerks' and related workers' jobs usually vary with the size of the institution. In small banks, a clerk or related worker may perform a combination of tasks, while in larger banks an employee may be assigned to one specialized duty. All banking activities are concerned with the safekeeping, exchange, record keeping, credit, and other uses of money. There are approximately 527,680 tellers, nearly 2.9 million general office clerks, and 1.6 million bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks employed in the United States.