What do cashiers do?
Cashiers work in a variety of places including supermarkets, retail stores, gas stations, movie theaters and restaurants. As a cashier you'll probably use a cash register to ring people up, take their money and give them their change and a receipt. You might also have to wrap or bag their purchase. Cashiers sometimes handle returns and exchanges.
At the end of a shift, you'll have to count the money in your cash register and compare it with the sales data in the computer. Be careful with your money - although you probably won't get in trouble for occasionally being a few cents short, you could get fired if it happens too often.
Depending on where you work, you might have other responsibilities as well. If you're a cashier at a supermarket, you might be asked to clean your area as well as return unwanted items to shelves. If you work at a convenience store, you might have to create money orders and sell lottery tickets.
Almost half of all cashiers work part time. Most cashiers are asked to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
How much do cashiers make?
Many cashiers make the federal minimum wage, which just went up to $7.25 an hour. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most cashiers make between $6.99 and $9.44 an hour. The highest paid cashiers can earn more than $14.50 an hour. See how much cashiers earn in your area .
What are the education requirements?
Most cashiers have a high school diploma or the GED equivalent. No higher education is required to be a cashier, but taking business classes or getting your associate's degree can help you if you eventually want to be a manager.
Career paths for cashiers
Cashier career paths can vary. If you've started out in a part-time position learning all you can about the business and practicing good customer service can lead to a full-time position. After that, hard work can lead to opportunities as a head cashier, or even as a manager.
The future of cashier jobs
According to the BLS, most cashier jobs are expected to see a decline in the next few years with the exception of gaming cashier jobs, which will increase. No need to worry though, there will be plenty of full-time and part-time cashier jobs still available because the BLS expects a good number of cashiers to leave their current jobs.
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