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Working As An Inventory Assistant

  • 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 An Inventory Assistant 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 An Inventory Assistant

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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Inventory Assistant Career Paths

Inventory Assistant
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hostess Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Home Health Aid Unit Secretary
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Manager
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Hostess Office Manager General Manager
Owner/Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Finance Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Office Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Material Handler Supply Technician
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Specialist Support Specialist
Support Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager District Manager Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.9 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Inventory Auditor 2.2 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Inventory Checker 1.8 years
Inventory Stocker 1.6 years
Inventory Counter 1.5 years
Inventory Taker 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 11.5%
Internship 8.7%
Volunteer 5.1%
Server 3.6%
Assistant 3.3%
Clerk 3.1%
Supervisor 2.8%
Tutor 2.3%
Top Employers After
Internship 8.8%
Cashier 7.8%
Assistant 4.4%
Server 4.1%
Volunteer 3.6%
Associate 3.2%
Manager 2.7%

Inventory Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

50.0%

Female

46.8%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

74.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

French

8.4%

Portuguese

6.0%

Chinese

6.0%

Korean

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Japanese

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

German

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Finnish

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Dari

1.2%
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Inventory Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.6%

Michigan State University

8.2%

Pima Community College

5.9%

University of California - Davis

5.9%

Houston Community College

4.7%

Bentley University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Kentucky

4.7%

Virginia Western Community College

4.7%

Midlands Technical College

4.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Western Michigan University

4.7%

Saint Cloud State University

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.5%

University of Evansville

3.5%

University of North Dakota

3.5%

New York University

3.5%

University of Cincinnati

3.5%
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Majors

Business

29.0%

Accounting

11.0%

Psychology

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Management

5.0%

General Studies

4.3%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Computer Science

3.6%

Communication

3.6%

Fine Arts

3.3%

Economics

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

English

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Nursing

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Other

24.6%

Associate

14.3%

Masters

6.8%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Assistant

CustomerServicePurchaseOrdersInventoryControlAccurateDataEntryDeliveryCycleCountsInventoryManagementSafeEnvironmentPhysicalInventoryComputerSystemActivitiesInventoryReportsSalesFloorInventoryCountsInventoryDataNewInventoryAccurateInventoryLevelsStockItemsInventorySystemCustomerOrders

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Top Inventory Assistant Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Close interaction with production, customer service, other divisions and warehouse on a daily basis.
  • Generate purchase orders and place orders with vendors weekly.
  • Facilitated inventory control through cycle counts and stock level adjustments in the merchandise system.
  • Ensured timely and accurate data entry of system-wide orders into PeopleSoft.
  • Manage procurement for products from intent to purchase through delivery.

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