Harper College

Banking and Finance Apprenticeship

Banking and Finance is a high growth industry offering many unique occupations ranging from loan processing to compliance and risk security. With the industry becoming much more skill oriented, potential employees are expected to have the training and knowledge necessary to fill these positions. Harper’s Banking / Finance program provides students with these necessary skills to succeed in any specific field of the banking or financial industry.

The Banking and Finance Apprenticeship is a two-year program with 12-week semesters and classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Apprentices work Monday, Wednesday and Friday and have a dedicated mentor at the hiring company.

Apprentices who complete the Banking and Finance Apprenticeship earn an A.A.S. Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management, a certification from the Department of Labor indicating they are fully qualified for their occupation, and at least two years of experience.

Job Functions

Depending on the employer, job functions may include: opening new personal and business accounts; counseling clients on their financial needs; analyzing applicants financial status; credit, and property evaluations to determine feasibility of processing loans, preparing financial statements, budgets, reports, and projections.

Salary Outlook

Please note: The following are NOT a guarantee of salary, just an estimated outlook in this industry.

  • Loan Officer: $28,880–$61,850
  • Bookkeeper: $23,000–$38,900
  • Information Security Specialist: $53,805–$70,204

Job Titles in Banking / Finance:

  • Loan Officer
  • Branch Manager
  • Statement Clerk
  • Information Security and Risk Analyst


Next steps

  1. Submit an Interest Form
  2. Apply to Harper College
  3. Take the placement test by visiting your Student Portal and click "Testing".
  4. Interview with companies interested in hiring an apprentice.
Last Updated: 2/19/24