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Commercial Banking: Overview

Commercial banks are in the business of providing banking services to individuals, small businesses and large organizations. While the banking sector has been consolidating, it is worth noting that far more people have jobs in the commercial banking sector than any other part of the financial services industry. Jobs in banking can be exciting and offer excellent opportunities to learn about business, interact with people and build up a clientele.

Today's commercial banks are more diverse than ever. You'll find a tremendous range of opportunities in commercial banking, starting at the branch level where you might start out as a teller to a wide variety of other services such as leasing, credit card banking, international finance and trade credit.

If you are well-prepared and enthusiastic about entering the field, you are likely to find a wide variety of commercial banking jobs open to you. Carefully read through the material below as you decide whether you've got what it takes to pursue a career in commercial banking.

Further Information on Commercial Banking

Best Resources

The Bank Analysts Handbook
By Steven Frost

Modern Banking
By S. Heffernan.

American Bankers Association

Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers
By Derek Loosvelt.

Careers at Wells Fargo
A great site that explains positions in commercial banking for both undergrads and recent MBAs. Also discusses entry level positions for persons without a degree.

Financial Markets and Institutions
By Mishkin and Eakins.

Standard And Poor's Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis
By Ganquin and Biardello.

Careers Opportunities in Banking, Finance and Insurance
By Thomas Fitch.

Careers in Finance
By Trudy Ring, VGM Career Horizons.

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"Bankers are just like everyone else, only richer."

Ogden Nash, poet and author of humorous verse

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