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Teller's Work Gives Business Experience

October 03, 1994|JANICE L. JONES

When Philip Le left the Navy seven years ago, he needed a part-time job to pay his expenses while he studied accounting at Golden West College.

"I found out that banks hire part-time tellers," Le said, "so I applied. It turned out to be a very good job for me. We work with computers, money and people. It provides good business experience."

The job requires working with money and basic mathematical calculations all day, and Le advises those who can't handle figures accurately and quickly not to become tellers.

"The cash drawer must balance out at the end of the day, so you have to pay attention," he said. "I'm comfortable with math, but the job involves much more than that. It's important to be open and friendly."

OCCUPATION: Bank teller

* What's involved: Processing money transactions such as deposits, withdrawals, credit-card payments, loan payments and cash advances at banks.

* Qualifications: Minimum requirement is a high school diploma, but most tellers have at least one year of college. Must be able to pass an aptitude test measuring mathematical, verbal and customer service skills.

* Outlook: By 1998, the number of tellers in Orange County is expected to increase 6.6%, to 9,320.

* Salary range: $7 to $9 an hour.

* Pros: Banks offer flexible work schedules, including part-time hours. Most provide training for those wanting to advance.

* Cons: Handling money and dealing with the public on a constant basis can be stressful.

* Advancement: With experience and additional training, tellers may advance to customer service representative, personal banking officer and assistant manager.

* Quote: "I would recommend being a bank teller to anyone looking for part-time work while going to college, especially if they plan to enter business or finance."--Philip Le, Wells Fargo Bank

Researched by JANICE L. JONES / Los Angeles Times

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