A cashier accepts and processes payments, exchanges, and returns of merchandise and services. They use registers, calculators, or scanners for the use of processing purchases. They typically have other tasks as well, such as bagging merchandise, counting their register money, and other store related duties.
How to Become a Cashier
Normally, becoming a cashier has no educational requirements. In fact, students often become cashiers while in high school once they become of age to work. With no experience or education requirement, a position as a cashier can become a great entry-level job when a person first steps into the workforce as training is on-the-job.
Some employers may favor a person that holds a high school diploma or the equivalent, especially if they need their cashier to work late hours or daytime hours Monday through Friday as students generally can not work these hours. An employer may also expect some knowledge of mathematics because the employee would be working with money, like when balancing their registers and receiving and counting change for the customer.
Job Description of a Cashier
The duties of a cashier would usually include processing payments for the customers that are purchasing merchandise or services. They would process returns or exchanges and give the customer receipts and any refunds or change due. They would be expected to greet the public in a friendly manner and assist them with store polices or store reward programs. He or she would bag the merchandise that was purchased when necessary. A cashier may also be required to empty garbage, mop floors, or stock shelves among other duties.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Cashier.
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