Loan Officers

General Information

Description

Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. Advise borrowers on financial status and payment methods. Includes mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers, and loan underwriters.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit85.01%
  2. Private, not for profit8.04%
  3. Self-employed2.72%
  4. State and local government2.64%
  5. Federal government1.55%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only)
  • Nondepository Credit Intermediation
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises

Job Outlook

Employment of loan officers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Although the demand for loan officers will increase as the overall economy grows, the decline of bank branches may moderate employment growth. Economic growth will lead to more demand for loan officers, as both businesses and individuals seek credit to finance commercial investment and personal expenditure.  Loan officers will be needed to evaluate the creditworthiness of applicants, and determine the likelihood that loans will be paid back in full and on time. Employment of loan officers in commercial banks and savings institutions is projected to grow 3 percent from 2016 to 2026. As bank customers increasingly use mobile and online banking services, the need for bank branches will decline. Banks have decreased the number of branches in operation in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue. Because the banking industry is the leading employer of loan officers, this trend will depress employment growth for these workers.    

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$60,410

State-by-state Salary

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$100,970
$27,780
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 31%
  • High school 19%
  • Some college 16%
  • Associate's degree 13%
  • Post-secondary certificate 10%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Post baccalaureate 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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