What is a Cashier?
Career Description Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.
Daily Life Of a Cashier
- Answer customers’ questions, and provide information on procedures or policies.
- Sell tickets and other items to customers.
- Request information or assistance using paging systems.
- Post charges against guests’ or patients’ accounts.
- Bag, box, wrap, or gift-wrap merchandise, and prepare packages for shipment.
- Offer customers carry-out service at the completion of transactions.
What a Cashier Should Know
These are the skills Cashiers say are the most useful in their careers:
Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.
Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Types of Cashier
- Box Office Attendant
- Point of Sale Associate
- Snack Bar Cashier
Job Demand for Cashiers
In the United States, there were 3,555,500 jobs for Cashier in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Cashier. The BLS estimates 653,700 yearly job openings in this field.
The states with the most job growth for Cashier are Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Delaware, Maine, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
Salary for a Cashier
The average yearly salary of a Cashier ranges between $17,660 and $30,110.
Cashiers who work in District of Columbia, Alaska, or Washington, make the highest salaries.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Cashiers in different U.S. states.
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$29,700|
What Tools do Cashiers Use?
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Cashiers:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Windows
- Database software
- Electronic medical record EMR software
- Point of sale POS software
- Accounting software
- Bookkeeping software
- Handheld computer device software
- Palm OS
How to Become a Cashier
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Who Employs Cashiers?
Cashiers work in the following industries:
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