Cashier  What They Do

Just the Facts


Cashiers Career Video



Receives and disburses 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.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Professional Sales pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Receives payment by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits.
  • Answers customers' questions, and provides information on procedures or policies.
  • Helps customers find the location of products.
  • Issues receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.
  • Greets customers entering establishments.
  • Supervises others and provides on-the-job training.
  • Assists customers by providing information and resolving their complaints.
  • Maintains clean and orderly checkout areas and completes other general cleaning duties, such as mopping floors and emptying trash cans.
  • Establishes or identifies prices of goods, services, or admission, and tabulates bills, using calculators, cash registers, or optical price scanners.
  • Answers incoming phone calls.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Admissions Gate Attendant --
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  • Checker --
  • Clerk --
  • Customer Assistant --
  • Customer Service Representative (CSR) --
  • Mutuel Clerk --
  • Sales Associate --
  • Toll Collector --