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What they do?

Cashiers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Calculate total payments received at end of work shift and reconcile with total sales

B. May accept reservations and take-out orders

C. May also stock shelves and clean check-out counter area.

D. Greet customers

E. Establish or identify price of goods, services or admission and tabulate total payment required using electronic or other cash register, optical price scanner or other equipment

F. Weigh produce and bulk foods

G. Receive and process payments by cash, cheque, credit card or automatic debit

Where they find work?

1. Retail trade - 77.0%
2. Accommodation and food services - 12.0%
3. Arts entertainment and recreation - 3.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 1.0%
5. Other services (except public administration) - 1.0%
6. Real estate and rental and leasing - 1.0%
7. Information and cultural industries - 1.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be a cashier, you usually need some secondary school education.

2. You may have to be eligible for bonding.

3. Cashiers working in gambling casinos may need a casino gaming license.

4. With additional training or experience, you may move up the ranks to become a head cashier.

5. Almost 2 in 5 have either an undergraduate university degree or a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Cashiers is $8.71/HR, which is below average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all labouring and elemental occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Cashiers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Cashiers Wage By Age


7% of Cashiers are unemployed. This rate is below the average for labouring and elemental occupations.


Cashiers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Cashiers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Cashiers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($8.71) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (7%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because of automation and technologies innovations.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (20%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Dealing with the public

2. Comparison shopping

3. Promoting

Part Time Workers

Cashiers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

6% of Cashiers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 332,100 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 29% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Cashiers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be below average because of a tendency to retire at an older-than-average age (63).

Self Employed

Cashiers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 0% of Cashiers are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Cashiers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

89% of the individuals employed as Cashiers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.