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How to Choose a School for Becoming a Cashier

Cashiers have good communication skills and handle a variety of monetary transactions. Though most cashiering jobs only require a high school diploma, those interested in additional training can find associate's degree programs in accounting, business administration and related fields.

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Programs specifically created to train cashiers are rare, but many schools offer degree programs in finance-related topics. Potential students must consider many factors, including location and cost, when deciding on an appropriate school.

Schools with Courses Relevant to Cashiering

Below are several schools that provide students with the skills necessary to become a cashier.

College/University Institution Type Location Degrees Offered 2015-2016 Undergraduate Tuition*
Bacone College Muskogee, OK 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate, Bachelor's $14,500
Dean College Franklin, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate, Bachelor's $35,420
Fisher College Boston, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate, Bachelor's $28,942
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte Charlotte, NC 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate, Bachelor's $29,576
Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Undergraduate Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's $17,664
Manor College Jenkintown, PA 2-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate $16,550
Mount Aloysius College Cresson, PA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate, Bachelor's $21,360
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville Titusville, PA 2-year, Public Associate $11,604 (in-state); $21,166 (out-of-state)
University of Puerto Rico-Utuado Utuado, PR 4-year, Public Associate, Bachelor's 2,049 (in-state); $4,071 (out-of-state)
Albright College Reading, PA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's $39,850

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Programs that are appropriate for training cashiers to advance in their profession can be found at community colleges and some universities. These are typically 2-year undergraduate programs.

Students seeking training in cashiering may want to consider the following:

  • Some programs include courses on computer information systems that may be useful to cashiers.
  • Career services may be offered to students seeking to find immediate employment; these services may include resume and interview refinement.
  • Students may want to consider what career goals they may wish to pursue and decide on an education path that will help them attain their desired position.

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Those interested in staying in the retail business may seek accounting programs that offer courses applicable to a retail store setting.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration

Students seeking additional responsibility beyond cashiering might benefit from the leadership skills taught through a business administration associate's program.

When selecting a cashier preparation program, students should consider career goals, location, and desired work environment. Some programs that will provide adequate preparation are in the fields of accounting, business, and management.

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