Convenience stores are businesses that sell hot and cold beverages, snacks and basic toiletries, paper products and groceries as well as lottery tickets, gasoline, cigarettes or alcohol in some cases. Clerks are the individuals who staff convenience stores.
Convenience store clerks greet customers, scan the bar code or enter the price of merchandise into a cash register, total the sale and accept payment for the goods.
In convenience stores that sell gasoline, clerks must turn pumps on and off once customers have paid. When selling lottery, alcohol or tobacco products, convenience store clerks verify the age of the customer and refuse to sell the goods if they are underage.
Most convenience stores operate 24 hours per day and may require workers to take overnight or weekend shifts. Some clerks work 40 hours per week, while others are employed only part time and work fewer hours.
There are typically no specific education requirements for work as a convenience store clerk, though some stores prefer to hire clerks who have high school diplomas or GEDs. Some stores will also hire high school students for part-time employment.
As of December 2009, convenience store clerks averaged annual salaries of $21,000, according to indeed.com.