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. More than 3.3 million cashiers are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Receive money from customers, make change, and provide customers with a receipt; may have additional duties depending on the type of employer
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Cashiers work in all parts of the country, metropolitan, suburban, and rural.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience No experience is required, but a high school diploma is preferred by some employers.
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Outgoing
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Retail Sales Worker
  • Cashier
  • Bagger or Stock Worker

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