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2. Cashier

You'll need basic math skills and stamina to be on your feet for hours. Scanners and computers are generally routine.

Pay range: $7.89 to more than $13.20 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Qualifications: Cashiers generally need little or no previous experience. Department and chain stores might offer a short training course on customer service, security, the store's policies and procedures, and cash register operation. Employers typically run a background or credit score check to make sure you're reliable to handle money.

3. Retail sales

Pull out those people-pleasing skills. You're there to help customers find what they're looking for without being intrusive. You might also be asked to man the cash register, stock shelves, mark price tags, take inventory and prepare displays.

Pay range: $8.09 to $18.73 an hour. Bonus pay is possible.

Qualifications: Previous sales experience helps but is not a prerequisite. Department stores may offer training programs. Employers might run a background or credit score check.

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