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Working As A Cycle Counter

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $23,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Cycle Counter Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Cycle Counter

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Cycle Counter Career Paths

Cycle Counter
Order Selector Delivery Driver Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Analyst Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Clerk Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Route Driver Driver
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Master Scheduler
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Inventory Controller
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Security Officer Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Driver Operation Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Surgical Technician Supply Technician
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Clerk Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Cycle Counter Demographics

Gender

Male

55.2%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

78.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.5%

French

6.5%

Turkish

3.2%

Hebrew

3.2%

Bosnian

3.2%

Serbian

3.2%

Malay

3.2%

Romanian

3.2%

German

3.2%

Sundanese

3.2%

Croatian

3.2%
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Cycle Counter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

9.2%

Kaplan University

7.9%

Tri-County Technical College

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

University of Alabama

3.9%

Hinds Community College

3.9%

Trident Technical College

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

Griffin Technical College

3.9%

College of DuPage

3.9%

Rust College

3.9%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

3.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

Mississippi Valley State University

3.9%

Southern Crescent Technical College

2.6%

ECPI University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

33.2%

General Studies

7.3%

Accounting

7.3%

Management

6.6%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Computer Science

3.5%

Supply Chain Management

3.5%

Nursing

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Precision Metal Working

1.9%

Communication

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

38.7%

Bachelors

30.0%

Associate

19.1%

Certificate

4.7%

Masters

3.6%

Diploma

3.0%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Cycle Counter

DailyCycleCountsInventoryControlEnhanceInventoryAccuracyCompanyProceduresRFScannerAnnualPhysicalInventorySafetyDataEntryRawMaterialsInventoryAuditsPhysicalInventories/CycleCounts/RandomPalletJackCustomerServiceAccurateInventoryWarehouseInventoryCorrectiveActionInventoryLevelsInventoryIntegrityInventoryAdjustmentsInventoryProblems

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Top Cycle Counter Skills

  1. Daily Cycle Counts
  2. Inventory Control
  3. Enhance Inventory Accuracy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed daily cycle counts of raw materials and finished product.
  • Performed inventory control activities, such as cycle counting using RF Scanning equipment.
  • Coordinated and integrated efforts across operational departments to enhance inventory accuracy.
  • Followed company procedures to maintain work environment in a neat and orderly condition.
  • Developed a new way for users to do cycle counting using RF scanners and a Web based application.

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