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Become A Loan Originator

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Working As A Loan Originator

  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $63,430

    Average Salary

What Does A Loan Originator Do

A Loan Originator is a potential liaison between borrowers and lenders. They help borrowers complete loan applications and evaluate which loans are most appropriate for the customers.

How To Become A Loan Originator

Most loan officers need a bachelor’s degree and receive on-the-job training. Mortgage loan officers must be licensed.


Loan officers typically need a bachelor’s degree, usually in a field such as business or finance. Because commercial loan officers analyze the finances of businesses applying for credit, they need to understand general business accounting, including how to read financial statements.  

Some loan officers may be able to enter the occupation without a bachelor’s degree if they have related work experience, such as experience in sales, customer service, or banking. 


Once hired, loan officers usually receive some on-the-job training. This may be a combination of formal, company-sponsored training and informal training during the first few months on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Mortgage loan officers must have a Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) license. To become licensed, they must complete at least 20 hours of coursework, pass an exam, and submit to background and credit checks. Licenses must be renewed annually, and individual states may have additional requirements.

Several banking associations, including the American Bankers Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association, as well as a number of schools, offer courses, training programs, or certifications for loan officers. Although not required, certification shows dedication and expertise and thus may enhance a candidate’s employment opportunities. 

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Loan officers must assess an applicant’s financial information and decide whether to award the applicant a loan. 

Detail oriented. Each piece of information on an application can have a major effect on the profitability of a loan, meaning that loan officers must pay attention to detail.

Initiative. Loan officers need to seek out new clients. They often act as salespeople, promoting their lending institution and contacting firms to determine their need for a loan.

Interpersonal skills. Because loan officers work with people, they must be able to guide customers through the application process and answer their questions.

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Loan Originator Career Paths

Loan Originator
Loan Officer Branch Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mortgage Consultant Sales Consultant Property Manager
Asset Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mortgage Broker Senior Loan Officer
Branch Manager/Loan Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Loan Officer Sales Manager Branch Manager
Branch Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Loan Officer Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Loan Officer Account Manager Business Developer
Business Development Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Underwriter Senior Underwriter Assistant Vice President
Business Relationship Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Loan Specialist Service Representative Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Underwriter Assistant Vice President
Credit Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Internet Sales Manager
Finance And Insurance Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mortgage Banker Underwriter Consumer Loan Underwriter
Lending Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Territory Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Regional Sales Manager Loan Officer
Senior Loan Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager General Manager Account Executive
Senior Sales Executive
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Underwriter
Senior Underwriter
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Branch Manager Underwriter
Underwriting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mortgage Consultant Underwriter Assistant Vice President
Vice President & Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Loan Originator Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Armenian

  • Tagalog

  • Serbian

  • Polish

  • Romanian

  • Hmong

  • Blackfoot

  • Welsh

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Top Skills for A Loan Originator


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Top Loan Originator Skills

  1. Financial Status
  2. Loan Applications
  3. Real Estate Agents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed applicants' financial status, credit and property evaluation to determine feasibility of granting loan.
  • Approve loans within specified limits, and refer loan applications outside those limits to management for approval.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with local real estate agents.
  • Interacted with all parties to successfully complete the loan process including assuring acquisition of all documentation required by lenders.
  • Worked to develop innovative ideas to enhance customer service and facilitate productivity

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