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Working As A Distribution Clerk

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $30,538

    Average Salary

What Does A Distribution Clerk 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 Distribution Clerk

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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Distribution Clerk Career Paths

Distribution Clerk
Computer Operator Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Service Technician General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Operator Systems Administrator Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Material Handler Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Shipping And Receiving Clerk Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mail Clerk Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clerk Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mail Clerk Security Officer Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Business Manager Account Coordinator
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Distribution Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Distribution Clerk 4.0 years
Storeroom Clerk 3.0 years
Materials Clerk 2.9 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Return Clerk 2.7 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Fulfillment Clerk 2.2 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Room Clerk 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Distribution Clerk
Cashier 12.6%
Teller 4.8%
Clerk 4.2%
Mail Clerk 3.1%
Internship 2.7%
Manager 2.6%
Top Careers After Distribution Clerk
Cashier 7.9%
Teller 4.9%
Clerk 4.7%
Mail Clerk 4.1%
Supervisor 3.9%
Manager 3.5%
Driver 2.9%

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Distribution Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

51.2%

Male

47.0%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

German

6.8%

French

4.1%

Portuguese

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Swedish

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Tigrinya

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Cherokee

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Navajo

1.4%

Italian

1.4%
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Distribution Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.0%

Strayer University

5.5%

El Paso Community College

5.5%

University of Memphis

5.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.8%

Westmoreland County Community College

4.1%

Saint Louis Community College

4.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.1%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.4%

Lansing Community College

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Houston Community College

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Utah Valley University

3.4%

Portland Community College

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

28.7%

Accounting

8.2%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

General Studies

6.2%

Health Care Administration

6.1%

Psychology

4.9%

Computer Science

4.2%

Communication

4.0%

Education

3.8%

Management

3.5%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Nursing

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Graphic Design

1.8%

English

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

39.6%

Bachelors

27.3%

Associate

16.8%

Certificate

7.9%

Masters

4.9%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Distribution Clerk

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service Support
  3. Sort
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  • Loaded and unloaded delivery trucks and made sure that each incoming delivery matched the company purchase order.
  • Retired Mail sorting and delivery Office computer input Customer complaints and solutions
  • Sorted and distributed mail to representatives; Data entry
  • Uphold Postal safety operating procedures.
  • Sorted and delivered internal and external mail, boxes, packages, memos and interoffice supplies.

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