Cashiers – NOC 6611 PR
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
of People Working in this Occupation
46.2% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma
36.8% of the workforce does not have a secondary school diploma
Age of the Workforce
in this Occupation
67.1% of the workforce is age 15 to 24
10.3% of the workforce is age 55 to 64
75.9% of retail and wholesale trade managers work in the Retail sector
The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is good. Employment growth will lead to several new positions. A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements. High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities. Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.
Bilingualism may be an asset.
Projected growth rate in Ontario: 6.1% – 7%
What Else Do I Need to Know?
The majority of cashiers work in grocery stores and other retail establishments, but a significant number also work in limited-service restaurants. Growth in consumer spending in Ontario has helped spur an increase in retail sales, which has led to steady employment growth in the retail trade sector in recent years. Employment in grocery stores has also grown. In addition, Canada’s limited-service restaurant industry has seen growth in sales, which has likely brought about employment growth in this industry.
There are some factors that may have a small moderating effect on employment growth for cashiers over the forecast period. The increasing use of self-checkout machines, especially in chain retail and grocery stores, as well as the growing popularity of online shopping are expected to temper employment growth. In addition, some limited-service restaurants are also experimenting with the introduction of self-serve kiosks.
Part-time work is common in this occupation. The prevalence of part-time work, coupled with the low educational requirements for this occupation make it particularly attractive to student and youth (aged 15-24) workers, who comprise over half of all cashiers in Ontario. Employment in this occupation is seasonal, with more opportunities in the months leading up to the holiday season. This occupation has a high rate of turnover, so turnover is expected to continue to generate job vacancies over the forecast period.
Opportunities will be best for individuals with experience as a cashier or in customer service. A flexible schedule, as well as a willingness to work longer hours, especially during peak retail periods, may also improve job prospects.