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Financial Examiners

Financial Examiners
Quick Facts : Financial Examiners*
2010 Median Pay$74,940
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201229,300
Job Outlook27% (Faster than average)
Employment Change7,900

Financial examiners make sure that governing financial institutions and transactions are in compliance with laws. They review balance sheets, evaluate the degree of risk in loans, and assess bank management. These procedures help ensure that the financial system as a whole remains stable.

What Financial Examiners Do

  • Monitor the financial condition of banks and other financial institutions
  • Review balance sheets, operating income and expense accounts, and loan documentation to confirm institution assets and liabilities
  • Prepare reports that detail an institution's safety and soundness
  • Recommend solutions to questionable financial conditions
  • Establish guidelines for procedures and policies that comply with new and revised regulations

Work Environment

Most financial examiners worked for the finance and insurance industry, the federal government, or state governments. Most financial examiners worked full time in 2010.
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Job Outlook

Employment of financial examiners is projected to grow 27 percent from 2010 to 2020, as new financial regulations are expected to create a need for more examiners.
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In May 2010 the average salary of financial examiners was $74,940.
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Becoming a Financial Examiners

Financial examiners typically must have a bachelor's degree that includes some coursework in accounting. Entry-level workers begin under the supervision of senior examiners and learn their basic job duties and the agency's policies and procedures. This period typically takes between 1 month and 1 year.
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