Loan Officer

Loan officers evaluate and process credit and loan applications.

NOC Code: 6235

Job Duties

Loan officers evaluate and process credit and loan applications. You may work for banks, trust companies, credit unions and other financial institutions.

Generally, loan officers:

  • Interview people applying for personal loans, student and business loans, and mortgages.
  • Research applicants' financial status, references, credit history and evaluate their ability to repay the loan.
  • Complete related documents.
  • Recommend the approval or rejection of loan applications.
  • Promote the institution's credit and loan services.
  • Review and update credit and loan files.
  • Prepare statements for unpaid accounts, negotiate repayment terms with customers and refer to collectors when necessary.

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
Accounting ClerkHigh School
Bank ClerkHigh School
BookkeeperCollege or University
Loan OfficerCollege or University
Payroll ClerkHigh School

Source: HRSDC


This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
Accounting Clerk0 - 2
Bank Clerk0 - 2
Bookkeeper2 - 5
Loan Officer2 - 5
Payroll Clerk0 - 2

Source: HRSDC

Essential Skills

As a loan officer, you need to:

  • Speak, read and write English.
  • Analyze and interpret financial data.
  • Understand and follow standard accounting procedures.
  • Be very accurate in your work.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet and email software.
  • Use financial and accounting software.
  • Have excellent customer service skills.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with supervisors, co-workers and clients. You need to network and persuade clients to buy loan and credit services. You need to use tact and diplomacy with clients who do not repay their loans.

Labour Market Information


You need to have good computer skills because most banks use computerized financial systems.


The work prospects for this job are: GOOD

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
Accounting ClerkGood
Bank ClerkFair
Loan OfficerGood
Payroll ClerkFair


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$24/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
Accounting Clerk$20.00
Bank Clerk$19.00
Loan Officer$24.00
Payroll Clerk$24.79

Source: HRSDC


Educational Programs

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Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

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Work Experience Programs

Many college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

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