Loan Officer

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

What is this job like?

Loan officers help people apply for loans. This lets people do things like buy a house or a car, or pay for college. Loan officers help businesses by loaning them money to get started or to buy equipment.

There are three kinds of loan officers.

  • Commercial loan officers work with businesses.
  • Mortgage loan officers work with people who want to buy houses or other real estate or get new real estate loans for property they already own.
  • Consumer loan officers work with people who want a loan for things like a car.

Loan officers usually have to travel a lot. Commercial and mortgage loan officers often have to work away from their offices. Commercial loan officers sometimes travel to other cities, especially for more complicated loans. Mortgage loan officers often work out of their home or car. They visit offices or homes of customers while filling out applications. Consumer loan officers and loan counselors are likely to spend most of their time in an office.

Most loan officers work a normal 40-hour week. Sometimes, they have to work longer hours if they have many customers. Loan officers are very busy when interest rates are low. This is because more people want to borrow. Mortgage loan officers often work long hours. This is because they can take on as many customers as they choose.

How do you get ready?

Loan officers usually have a college degree in finance, economics, or a similar field. It helps to know about computers and how they are used in banking.

If you want to be a loan officer, you need to be able to work well with others. You also need confidence and the ability to sell to people.

Math and computer classes are good ways for students to get ready for this job.

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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