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New Accounts Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts


Interviews persons desiring to open accounts in financial institutions. Explains account services available to prospective customers and assists them in preparing applications.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Business Finance and Accounting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Answers customers' questions, and explains available services such as deposit accounts, bonds, and securities.
  • Compiles information about new accounts, enters account information into computers, and files related forms or other documents.
  • Informs customers of procedures for applying for services such as ATM cards, direct deposit of checks and certificates of deposit.
  • Performs teller duties as required.
  • Refers customers to appropriate bank personnel in order to meet their financial needs.
  • Interviews customers to get information needed to open a new account or rent a safe-deposit box.
  • Collects and records fees and funds for deposit from customers and issues receipts.
  • Investigates and corrects errors upon customers' request, according to customer and bank records.
  • Executes wire transfers of funds.
  • Performs foreign currency transactions and sells traveler's checks.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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