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Working As An Inventory Associate

  • 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 Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Inventory Associate
Security Guard Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Shipping And Receiving Clerk Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Supervisor Warehouse Manager Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Account Manager Senior Account Executive
Managing Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Operator Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Material Handler Supply Technician
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Supervisor Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Inspector Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Product Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Support Specialist Support Supervisor
Support Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.8 years
Inventory Auditor 2.2 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Inventory Stocker 1.6 years
Inventory Counter 1.5 years
Inventory Taker 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 22.5%
Associate 3.2%
Server 3.0%
Internship 3.0%
Volunteer 2.9%
Cook 2.9%
Teller 2.8%
Stocker 2.3%
Top Employers After
Cashier 15.1%
Associate 4.2%
Server 3.3%
Teller 3.0%
Manager 2.4%
Driver 2.4%

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Inventory Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

52.6%

Female

44.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.2%

French

9.4%

Arabic

4.2%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

2.6%

Korean

1.6%

German

1.6%

Hindi

1.0%

Hmong

1.0%

Khmer

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Swahili

0.5%

Igbo

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%

Dari

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%

Croatian

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%

Lingala

0.5%
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Inventory Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

Ashford University

6.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.5%

Mississippi State University

5.2%

Georgia State University

5.2%

Houston Community College

4.9%

Fresno City College

4.9%

Strayer University

4.3%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Hinds Community College

4.3%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.3%

Essex County College

4.3%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Valencia College

3.4%

Modesto Junior College

3.4%

Full Sail University

3.4%

Saint Petersburg College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

Criminal Justice

10.0%

Accounting

7.0%

General Studies

6.3%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Medical Assisting Services

5.2%

Psychology

4.3%

Computer Science

4.2%

Nursing

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Communication

3.4%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Management

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Education

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.1%

Bachelors

27.6%

Associate

19.1%

Certificate

6.6%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Associate

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  1. Store Shelves
  2. Customer Service
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Stocked store shelves before store opened unloaded semi trucks of products and priced items onto the floor
  • Inventory Lead Responsible for receiving new and used inventory of incoming vehicles, and reconciling inventory and customer services High School Education
  • Greet Customers Maintain Sales Floor/Backroom Process Trucks Customer Carryout
  • Established Inventory levels to ensure proper items stocked and merchandise available for Customer purchase.
  • Conducted perpetual inventory management processes including the Zero-Balance Walks and Cycle Counts.

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