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June 12, 2019

The future of work: Being a cashier is Maryland’s most common occupation, but it’s likely vanishing

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Yvonne Wenger, Baltimore Sun

The number of cashiers in Maryland has grown steadily for decades, and more than 80,000 people work as cashiers in the state’s grocery and department stores, pharmacies and boutiques. An occupation practically as old as the economy, the job employs more people here than any other, according to the U.S. Labor Department. But the job is also among the most likely to be replaced by machines. Many bigger stores already offer the option of self-checkout, shifting the task of scanning and bagging items onto customers who then pay a computer that spits out change and receipts. Economists say many cashiers’ jobs will go away over the next decade, but an estimate on just how many is elusive.

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