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CASHIER: Balancing Two Jobs, Children & School

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Renee is currently a cashier at a retail store and a student studying social work. She tells us that her job was intimidating at first because as a cashier you are on a timer that will tell you when you are not going quickly enough. She has since gotten quick good at it, and is balancing this job and her job as a peer counselor.

Degree: Social Work
Job Title: Cashier

Job Summary: Cashiers

Job Description

Cashiers handle payments from customers purchasing goods and services. In some establishments, cashiers may have to check customers' age when selling age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco. Some cashiers may have duties not directly related to sales and customer service, such as mopping floors, taking out the trash, and doing other custodial tasks. Others may stock shelves or mark prices on items.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Cashiers go through a brief training period when they are hired. In small firms, an experienced worker typically trains beginners. In larger businesses, trainees spend time in training classes before being placed at cash registers. During training, new cashiers are taught store policies and procedures and how to operate equipment such as cash registers.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $20,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Office, Travel, Remote, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Patience, People skills, Strength/stamina

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Business
Mathematics
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<span m='15690'>an</span> <span m='15770'>eight</span> <span m='15990'>hour shift</span> <span m='16400'>yesterday</span> <span m='16690'>and</span> <span m='16980'>the</span> <span m='17170'>line</span> <span m='17580'>was</span> <span m='17810'>non-stop.</span> <span m='19550'>It</span> <span m='19720'>was</span> <span m='19910'>long,</span> <span m='20360'>and</span> <span m='20680'>it was</span> <span m='20890'>just</span> <span m='21480'>literally</span> <span m='22310'>non-stop.</span> <span m='23880'>I</span> <span m='24040'>could</span> <span m='24220'>think</span> <span m='24440'>I</span> <span m='24570'>could</span> <span m='24680'>walk</span> <span m='24900'>away</span> <span m='25230'>to</span> <span m='25380'>put</span> <span m='25530'>my</span> <span m='25670'>go</span> <span m='25900'>backs</span> <span m='26150'>up,</span> <span m='26680'>but</span> <span m='26960'>then</span> <span m='27430'>here</span> <span m='27550'>comes</span> <span m='27730'>a</span> <span m='27860'>customer.</span> </p><p><span m='28140'>My</span> <span m='28425'>career</span> <span m='28710'>path</span> <span m='29010'>is</span> <span m='29450'>actually</span> <span m='29940'>social</span> <span m='30230'>work.</span> <span m='31210'>I'm</span> <span m='31540'>a</span> <span m='31580'>student</span> <span m='31920'>at</span> <span m='32020'>Berkeley</span> <span m='32150'>City</span> <span m='32619'>College.</span> <span m='32800'>I have</span> <span m='33010'>been</span> <span m='33410'>for</span> <span m='34950'>a</span> <span m='35000'>couple</span> <span m='35210'>of</span> <span m='35250'>years.</span> <span m='35965'>Took me</span> <span m='36230'>about</span> <span m='36640'>a year</span> <span m='36860'>and a</span> <span m='36900'>half</span> <span m='37190'>to</span> <span m='37290'>figure</span> <span m='37550'>out</span> <span m='37700'>what</span> <span m='37910'>my</span> <span m='38010'>major</span> <span m='38390'>was,</span> <span m='38900'>but</span> <span m='41470'>I</span> <span m='41590'>was</span> <span m='41710'>waiting</span> <span m='42130'>on</span> <span m='42510'>the</span> <span m='42660'>job</span> <span m='43080'>at</span> <span m='43200'>the</span> <span m='43540'>WIC</span> <span m='43870'>office,</span> <span m='44430'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='45520'>Health</span> <span m='45770'>Center</span> <span m='45930'>as</span> <span m='46170'>a</span> <span m='46210'>peer</span> <span m='46460'>counselor.</span> <span m='47410'>And</span> <span m='48190'>things</span> <span m='48580'>were</span> <span m='48700'>going</span> <span m='49550'>a</span> <span m='49610'>little</span> <span m='49840'>slower</span> <span m='50200'>than</span> <span m='50360'>I</span> <span m='50420'>anticipated</span> <span m='51240'>and</span> <span m='51980'>Christmas</span> <span m='52370'>was</span> <span m='52760'>coming.</span> </p><p><span m='56370'>All</span> <span m='56540'>my</span> <span m='56770'>children</span> <span m='56840'>are</span> <span m='57060'>enrolled</span> <span m='57410'>in</span> <span m='57710'>school.</span> <span m='58010'>I have a</span> <span m='58400'>first</span> <span m='58640'>grader.</span> <span m='59150'>I</span> <span m='59260'>have a</span> <span m='59610'>child</span> <span m='59860'>in</span> <span m='60540'>regular</span> <span m='60890'>head</span> <span m='61240'>start</span> <span m='62240'>which</span> <span m='62640'>is</span> <span m='62920'>from</span> <span m='63160'>age</span> <span m='63519'>three</span> <span m='63878'>to</span> <span m='64239'>five.</span> <span m='64950'>And</span> <span m='65090'>then</span> <span m='65300'>I</span> <span m='65360'>have</span> <span m='65630'>my</span> <span m='65910'>youngest</span> <span m='66190'>son</span> <span m='66490'>who is</span> <span m='66760'>in</span> <span m='66990'>early</span> <span m='67220'>head</span> <span m='67420'>start</span> <span m='67680'>which</span> <span m='67850'>is</span> <span m='68220'>two</span> <span m='68480'>months</span> <span m='68740'>to</span> <span m='68820'>three</span> <span m='69020'>years</span> <span m='69230'>old.</span> <span m='70220'>And</span> <span m='70320'>I</span> <span m='70360'>really</span> <span m='70590'>just</span> <span m='70850'>want</span> <span m='71040'>to</span> <span m='71130'>take</span> <span m='71330'>advantage</span> <span m='71850'>of</span> <span m='72060'>having</span> <span m='72770'>stable</span> <span m='73310'>childcare</span> <span m='73820'>all</span> <span m='74060'>throughout</span> <span m='74320'>the</span> <span m='74380'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='75800'>So I</span> <span m='76240'>went</span> <span m='76400'>back</span> <span m='76620'>to</span> <span m='76690'>work</span> <span m='78000'>and</span> <span m='78300'>I</span> <span m='78340'>put</span> <span m='78550'>in</span> <span m='78770'>applications</span> <span m='79480'>everywhere.</span> <span m='80880'>I</span> <span m='81360'>just</span> <span m='81940'>happened</span> <span m='82330'>to</span> <span m='82410'>call</span> <span m='82740'>them</span> <span m='83180'>on</span> <span m='83360'>the</span> <span m='83440'>same</span> <span m='83730'>day</span> <span m='83850'>that</span> <span m='83970'>I</span> <span m='84020'>did</span> <span m='84180'>my</span> <span m='84270'>application,</span> <span m='85440'>and</span> <span m='85560'>they</span> <span m='85650'>were</span> <span m='85730'>looking</span> <span m='86070'>at</span> <span m='86170'>my</span> <span m='86270'>application.</span> <span m='86613'>I</span> <span m='86956'>had</span> <span m='87300'>passed</span> <span m='87555'>the</span> <span m='87810'>assessment.</span> <span m='88095'>They</span> <span m='88380'>asked me</span> <span m='88700'>to come</span> <span m='89040'>in the</span> <span m='89150'>next</span> <span m='89480'>day</span> <span m='89800'>for an</span> <span m='89980'>interview,</span> <span m='90670'>basically</span> <span m='91150'>gave</span> <span m='91370'>me</span> <span m='91560'>the</span> <span m='91760'>job on</span> <span m='91940'>the</span> <span m='92030'>spot.</span> </p><p><span m='93500'>I</span> <span m='93620'>was</span> <span m='93810'>only</span> <span m='94020'>supposed</span> <span m='94360'>to</span> <span m='94440'>work</span> <span m='94740'>from</span> <span m='95080'>November to</span> <span m='95420'>December</span> <span m='97090'>and</span> <span m='97260'>maybe</span> <span m='97510'>the</span> <span m='97610'>first</span> <span m='97940'>two weeks</span> <span m='98190'>of</span> <span m='98280'>January,</span> <span m='98940'>but</span> <span m='98990'>they</span> <span m='99080'>decided</span> <span m='99540'>to</span> <span m='99650'>keep</span> <span m='99900'>me</span> <span m='100070'>on</span> <span m='100220'>as</span> <span m='100300'>permanent.</span> <span m='100685'>So</span> <span m='101410'>I'm</span> <span m='102410'>still</span> <span m='102700'>there,</span> <span m='103290'>and</span> <span m='103720'>I</span> <span m='103770'>will</span> <span m='103910'>stay</span> <span m='104180'>there</span> <span m='104290'>and</span> <span m='104400'>probably</span> <span m='104730'>work</span> <span m='105050'>both</span> <span m='105280'>jobs.</span> <span m='105980'>It's</span> <span m='106090'>really</span> <span m='106280'>not</span> <span m='106460'>that</span> <span m='106610'>bad.</span> </p><p><span m='109330'>Some</span> <span m='109550'>customers</span> <span m='110090'>are</span> <span m='110360'>just</span> <span m='111880'>the</span> <span m='111970'>way</span> <span m='112130'>they</span> <span m='112290'>are,</span> <span m='113010'>and</span> <span m='113440'>your</span> <span m='113610'>smile</span> <span m='114290'>and</span> <span m='114550'>your</span> <span m='114790'>enthusiasm</span> <span m='115185'>just</span> <span m='115580'>might</span> <span m='115820'>not</span> <span m='116030'>help,</span> <span m='116730'>and</span> <span m='117140'>that's</span> <span m='117380'>OK.</span> <span m='118950'>That's</span> <span m='119260'>all</span> <span m='119340'>right.</span> <span m='121100'>It's</span> <span m='121530'>not</span> <span m='121700'>as</span> <span m='121810'>challenging</span> <span m='122460'>as</span> <span m='122700'>I</span> <span m='122780'>first</span> <span m='123070'>thought.</span> <span m='123483'>I thought</span> <span m='123896'>it was</span> <span m='124310'>more challenging</span> <span m='124653'>than it is.</span> <span m='125340'>Once</span> <span m='125590'>you</span> <span m='126010'>get</span> <span m='126330'>your</span> <span m='126780'>groove,</span> <span m='127300'>it's</span> <span m='127940'>OK.</span> </p><p><span m='128470'>I</span> <span m='128650'>was</span> <span m='128889'>a</span> <span m='128960'>little</span> <span m='129210'>intimidated</span> <span m='129480'>at</span> <span m='129750'>first</span> <span m='129830'>because</span> <span m='130120'>you're</span> <span m='130410'>on</span> <span m='130539'>a</span> <span m='130639'>timer.</span> <span m='131720'>You</span> <span m='131930'>have</span> <span m='132230'>to</span> <span m='133940'>hanger,</span> <span m='134520'>sensor,</span> <span m='134900'>scan,</span> <span m='135290'>bag,</span> <span m='135560'>and</span> <span m='136310'>it's</span> <span m='136610'>timing</span> <span m='136750'>you.</span> <span m='138020'>It's</span> <span m='138440'>timing</span> <span m='138640'>you</span> <span m='139130'>from</span> <span m='139250'>the</span> <span m='139330'>point</span> <span m='139650'>that</span> <span m='140380'>they</span> <span m='140510'>pay</span> <span m='140710'>for</span> <span m='140780'>the</span> <span m='140880'>transaction.</span> <span m='142040'>As</span> <span m='142310'>they're</span> <span m='142450'>paying</span> <span m='142790'>for</span> <span m='143070'>it,</span> <span m='143180'>you</span> <span m='143300'>have</span> <span m='143440'>to</span> <span m='143530'>call</span> <span m='143760'>the</span> <span m='143840'>next</span> <span m='144240'>customer</span> <span m='144340'>up.</span> <span m='145100'>So</span> <span m='145570'>even</span> <span m='145750'>when</span> <span m='145880'>you're</span> <span m='145960'>not</span> <span m='146190'>all the</span> <span m='146610'>way done</span> <span m='147000'>and you're</span> <span m='147090'>giving</span> <span m='147310'>them</span> <span m='147580'>their</span> <span m='147590'>money,</span> <span m='148040'>there's</span> <span m='148230'>another</span> <span m='148350'>customer</span> <span m='148860'>that</span> <span m='148990'>you</span> <span m='149100'>have</span> <span m='149310'>to</span> <span m='149440'>take.</span> </p><p><span m='149970'>And</span> <span m='150170'>if</span> <span m='150280'>you</span> <span m='150390'>don't</span> <span m='150700'>scan</span> <span m='151510'>the</span> <span m='151670'>next</span> <span m='152480'>item</span> <span m='155090'>soon</span> <span m='155270'>enough,</span> <span m='156160'>there's</span> <span m='156380'>something</span> <span m='156640'>called</span> <span m='156915'>a</span> <span m='157190'>CPR.</span> <span m='158170'>It</span> <span m='158560'>tells</span> <span m='158900'>you</span> <span m='159040'>where</span> <span m='159260'>you</span> <span m='159480'>are,</span> <span m='160720'>and</span> <span m='160920'>if</span> <span m='161020'>you're</span> <span m='161140'>not</span> <span m='161400'>going</span> <span m='161610'>to</span> <span m='161660'>quick</span> <span m='161900'>enough,</span> <span m='162780'>what</span> <span m='163140'>things</span> <span m='163420'>you need</span> <span m='163590'>to</span> <span m='163680'>work</span> <span m='163930'>on.</span> <span m='164280'>It'll</span> <span m='164520'>tell</span> <span m='164740'>you</span> <span m='165080'>if you're</span> <span m='165400'>not</span> <span m='165600'>calling</span> <span m='165850'>the</span> <span m='165930'>next</span> <span m='166160'>customer</span> <span m='166800'>forward,</span> <span m='168000'>if you're</span> <span m='168440'>not</span> <span m='169030'>scanning</span> <span m='169420'>and</span> <span m='169510'>bagging</span> <span m='170250'>in</span> <span m='170360'>the</span> <span m='170440'>correct</span> <span m='170780'>order.</span> </p><p><span m='174380'>There's</span> <span m='174750'>a couple</span> <span m='174790'>different</span> <span m='174990'>things</span> <span m='175190'>that</span> <span m='175320'>they</span> <span m='175410'>grade</span> <span m='175840'>you</span> <span m='175950'>on,</span> <span m='176970'>and</span> <span m='177370'>they</span> <span m='177480'>post</span> <span m='178035'>it.</span> <span m='178290'>You</span> <span m='178510'>have</span> <span m='178660'>to</span> <span m='178780'>sign</span> <span m='179180'>it,</span> <span m='179410'>and</span> <span m='179590'>then</span> <span m='179740'>they'll</span> <span m='179950'>color</span> <span m='180290'>in</span> <span m='180370'>the</span> <span m='180470'>red.</span> <span m='180760'>If</span> <span m='180860'>you're</span> <span m='181000'>below</span> <span m='182340'>90%,</span> <span m='183380'>then</span> <span m='183720'>you're</span> <span m='183950'>in</span> <span m='184180'>the</span> <span m='184270'>red</span> <span m='184720'>and</span> <span m='184980'>they</span> <span m='185070'>want</span> <span m='185330'>you</span> <span m='185710'>to</span> <span m='185780'>work</span> <span m='186000'>on</span> <span m='186170'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='188860'>So</span> <span m='189250'>at</span> <span m='189640'>first</span> <span m='189900'>you're</span> <span m='190390'>feeling</span> <span m='191220'>intimidated.</span> <span m='192360'>You're</span> <span m='192470'>feeling</span> <span m='192850'>a</span> <span m='192870'>lot</span> <span m='193030'>of</span> <span m='193110'>pressure,</span> <span m='193390'>because</span> <span m='193910'>you</span> <span m='194350'>got to</span> <span m='194420'>go,</span> <span m='194760'>got to</span> <span m='194920'>get the</span> <span m='194940'>next</span> <span m='195330'>customer,</span> <span m='195690'>got to</span> <span m='195820'>keep the</span> <span m='196080'>line</span> <span m='196370'>going.</span> <span m='196645'>That's</span> <span m='196920'>the</span> <span m='197110'>thing</span> <span m='197220'>is</span> <span m='197610'>like</span> <span m='197790'>keep</span> <span m='198010'>the</span> <span m='198080'>line</span> <span m='198370'>going.</span> </p><p><span m='199320'>So</span> <span m='201190'>I was</span> <span m='201470'>kind of</span> <span m='201770'>scared of</span> <span m='201980'>that,</span> <span m='202670'>but</span> <span m='203000'>now</span> <span m='203210'>I</span> <span m='203270'>have</span> <span m='203560'>it</span> <span m='203840'>down</span> <span m='204410'>and</span> <span m='204920'>I'm</span> <span m='205010'>doing</span> <span m='205440'>pretty</span> <span m='205480'>good.</span> <span m='205850'>Cashiers</span> <span m='206390'>are</span> <span m='206460'>telling</span> <span m='206710'>me</span> <span m='206820'>they</span> <span m='206920'>love</span> <span m='207130'>working</span> <span m='207410'>with</span> <span m='207570'>me</span> <span m='207760'>because</span> <span m='207950'>I keep</span> <span m='208130'>the</span> <span m='208220'>line</span> <span m='208460'>going.</span> <span m='209460'>I've</span> <span m='209790'>had</span> <span m='210010'>a</span> <span m='210060'>customer</span> <span m='210460'>tell</span> <span m='210650'>me</span> <span m='210840'>I</span> <span m='210940'>was</span> <span m='211100'>the</span> <span m='211180'>fastest</span> <span m='211610'>one</span> <span m='211830'>yesterday,</span> <span m='212390'>so</span> <span m='213400'>I</span> <span m='213430'>think</span> <span m='213690'>I'm</span> <span 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