Cashiers

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.

Tasks

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

Knowledge

Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Troubleshooting
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Auditory Attention
The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Work Activities

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Staffing Organizational Units
Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

Interests

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.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
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.
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.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

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.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Admissions Gate Attendant
All Purpose Clerk (APC)
Auction Clerk
Bottle Booth Attendant
Box Office Attendant
Bridge Toll Collector
Cafeteria Clerk
Cafeteria or Lunchroom Checker
Cash Checker
Cash Office Worker
Cash Person
Cash Register Operator
Cashier
Cashier and Salesperson
Cashier Host/Hostess
Cashier or Checker Stock Clerk
Cashier Wrapper
Casino Change Attendant
Center Aisle Cashier
Central Aisle Cashier
Change Booth Attendant
Change Person
Check Cashier
Check Out Cashier
Check Out Clerk
Checker
Checker Cashier
Checkout Operator
Clerk Cashier
Clerk Checker
Collector
Convenience Store Clerk
Courtesy Booth Cashier
Credit Cashier
Disbursement Clerk
Disbursing Agent
Disbursing Officer
Drivers' Cash Clerk
Fare Collector
Fast Food Cashier
Floor Cashier
Food Checker
Front End Assistant
Gas Station Cashier
Grocery Cashier
Grocery Checker
Grocery Clerk, Checking
Grocery Clerk, Selling
Head Cashier
Hostess Cashier
Hotel and Dining Room Cashier
Information Clerk Cashier
Landfill Attendant
Merchandising Assistant
Money Counter
Mutuel Cashier
Mutuel Teller
Parimutuel Ticket Cashier
Parimutuel Ticket Seller
Paymaster of Purses
Restaurant Cashier
Retail Cashier
Sales Assistant
Sales Associate
Service Station Cashier
Sheet Writer
Snack Bar Cashier
Station Cashier
Store Clerk Cashier
Store Clerk Checker
Teller
Ticket Agent
Ticket Clerk
Ticket Dispatcher
Ticket Seller

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$9.12 hourly, $18,970 annual.
Employment (2008):
3,314,010 employees