Supermarket Workers

Supermarket workers are a diverse group. Each supermarket worker is employed in one or more areas of a grocery store, from the checkout lane to the deli counter to the back stock room. Nearly 3 million people work as wage and salary employees of food and beverage stores, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Supermarkets are located in cities and towns across the nation and include large chains and locally owned stores.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bag Boys, Baggers, Bakers, Butchers, Cashiers, Courtesy Clerks, Deli Workers, Stock Clerks
Duties Perform a variety of duties at grocery stores such as take payment from customers (cashiers) and stock goods on shelves (stock clerks)
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Store Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Entry-Level Position Such as Cashier or Stock Clerk

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