Most counters list "basic math," "pos," and "math" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important counter responsibilities here:
See the full list of counter skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a counter. We found that 31.1% of counters have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 2.3% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some counters have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every three counters were not college graduates.
Those counters who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or criminal justice degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for counters include psychology degrees or general studies degrees.
Once you're ready to become a counter, you should explore the companies that typically hire counters. According to counter resumes that we searched through, counters are hired the most by Zippy's, Arden Group, and CACI International. Currently, Zippy's has 36 counter job openings, while there are 27 at Arden Group and 14 at CACI International.
If you're interested in companies where counters make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Jacobs Engineering Group, Steel Dynamics, and UPS. We found that at Jacobs Engineering Group, the average counter salary is $49,280. Whereas at Steel Dynamics, counters earn roughly $43,884. And at UPS, they make an average salary of $37,890.
View more details on counter salaries across the United States.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a counter include Panda Express, Napa Home & Garden, and Bruegger's Bagels. These three companies were found to hire the most counters from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, counters fulfill roles in the hospitality and retail industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the counter annual salary is the highest in the transportation industry with $31,126 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the retail and professional industries pay $31,101 and $30,885 respectively. This means that counters who are employed in the transportation industry make 13.1% more than counters who work in the hospitality Industry.