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

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