Supermarket cashiers ring up the products a customer wants to purchase. Operating the register and accurately calculating prices are important tasks that help ensure a supermarket's earnings are accurate. No formal education beyond a high school diploma or GED is needed for this job. This position requires on-the-job training, a flexible work schedule and the ability to work long hours of repetitive tasks.
Employed by grocery stores and stationed at check-out registers, supermarket cashiers ring up the groceries and other goods a customer is purchasing. Cashiers are expected to work weekend or holiday hours based on the needs of their store. In addition, cashiers may have to work evenings and nights. Many employers offer flexible work scheduling for their supermarket cashiers.
Supermarket cashiers are assigned a register they're in charge of for all or part of their shift. They must count the money they start with and then count their money at the end of the shift to ensure they have the amount they should. A supermarket cashier then starts to ring up the items customers want to buy. They use a special scanner to perform this function and then enter any additional discounts or coupons when prompted.
A supermarket cashier helps customers through the payment options available and makes change if needed. Customers purchasing alcohol or tobacco products have to get their ID's checked by the supermarket cashier. When baggers are unavailable, a supermarket cashier may have to assist a customer bag their groceries.
In some cases, a supermarket cashier may need to handle exchanges and returns. If this is the case, a supermarket cashier evaluates the condition of the returned merchandise, determines the type of payment used, then goes through the needed procedures to refund the money, offer credit or assist with an exchange.
While there are no formal educational requirements for supermarket cashiers, employers tend to prefer applicants with a high school diploma or a GED. The training for this vocation comes through informal or formal on-the-job training. An experienced worker usually oversees a new supermarket cashier and walks them through work processes. Additionally, other employees teach the company procedures, policies and other operation methods to new supermarket cashiers.
A supermarket cashier typically needs excellent manual dexterity and the ability to communicate in a friendly manner to customers. This position requires that a lot of repetitive work is done accurately in a timely fashion, so supermarket cashiers must possess a keen eye and good physical and mental stamina.
Career Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the number of jobs for cashiers in general would only increase by 2% between 2014 and 2024, which was slower than average for all jobs. The BLS also reported that the mean annual salary for cashiers was $20,990 as of May 2015.
In summary, supermarket cashiers require no formal education and typically learn their duties, including ringing up purchases and assisting customers, through on the job training.