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Cashiers
SOC Code: 41-2011.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Cage Cashier, Cashier, Center Aisle Cashier, Central Aisle Cashier, Checker, Customer Assistant, Mutuel Clerk, Sales Associate, Toll Collector, Visitor Service Associate

Tasks

  • Receive payment by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits.
  • Answer customers' questions, and provide information on procedures or policies.
  • Help customers find the location of products.
  • Issue receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.
  • Greet customers entering establishments.
  • Supervise others and provide on-the-job training.
  • Assist customers by providing information and resolving their complaints.
  • Maintain clean and orderly checkout areas and complete other general cleaning duties, such as mopping floors and emptying trash cans.
  • Establish or identify prices of goods, services, or admission, and tabulate bills, using calculators, cash registers, or optical price scanners.
  • Answer incoming phone calls.
  • Bag, box, wrap, or gift-wrap merchandise, and prepare packages for shipment.
  • Assist with duties in other areas of the store, such as monitoring fitting rooms or bagging and carrying out customers' items.
  • Stock shelves, sort and reshelve returned items, and mark prices on items and shelves.
  • Offer customers carry-out service at the completion of transactions.
  • Count money in cash drawers at the beginning of shifts to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change.
  • Calculate total payments received during a time period, and reconcile this with total sales.
  • Keep periodic balance sheets of amounts and numbers of transactions.
  • Compute and record totals of transactions.
  • Monitor checkout stations to ensure that they have adequate cash available and that they are staffed appropriately.
  • Sort, count, and wrap currency and coins.
  • Weigh items sold by weight to determine prices.
  • Issue trading stamps and redeem food stamps and coupons.
  • Pay company bills by cash, vouchers, or checks.
  • Post charges against guests' or patients' accounts.
  • Request information or assistance using paging systems.
  • Process merchandise returns and exchanges.
  • Cash checks for customers.
  • Sell tickets and other items to customers.
  • Compile and maintain non-monetary reports and records.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Bookkeeping software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software; ReliaSoft Prism
  • Medical software - Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Handheld computer device software ; Microsoft Windows
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Bar code reader equipment - Handheld bar code scanners; Stationary bar code scanners
  • Belt conveyors
  • Cash registers - Electronic cash registers
  • Commercial use scales - Food scales
  • Desktop calculator - 10-key calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic funds transfer point of sale equipment - Electronic funds transfer EFT terminals
  • Fluid regulators - Gas pump controllers
  • Laser printers
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders - Credit card readers
  • Packaging compactors - Cardboard balers; Trash compactors
  • Personal computers
  • Security cameras - Surveillance cameras
  • Ticket dispensing machines - Lottery ticket machines; Money order machines

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Interests

  • Interest code: CE
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 84% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 77% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 62% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 63% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 72% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 41% responded “Very important results.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 39% responded “Important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 42% responded “Very important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 44% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 33% responded “Limited freedom.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
68%High school diploma or equivalent
30%Less than high school diploma
1%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $10.11 hourly, $21,030 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 3,556,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 653,700

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