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Cashiers are employed in many different businesses, including supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, and movie theaters. In general, they are responsible for handling money received from customers.

One of the principal tasks of a cashier is operating a cash register. The cash register records all the monetary transactions going into or out of the cashier's workstation. These transactions might involve cash, credit card charges, personal checks, refunds, and exchanges. To assist in inventory control, the cash register often tallies the specific products that are sold. As of May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 3.4 million cashiers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Clerks, Tellers
Duties Receive money from customers, make change, and provide customers with a receipt; may have additional duties depending on the type of employer
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Outgoing
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Retail Sales Worker
  • Cashier
  • Bagger or Stock Worker

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