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Working As An Inventory Clerk

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

  • $27,040

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory 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 An Inventory 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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Inventory Clerk Career Paths

Inventory Clerk
Warehouse Worker Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Night Auditor Front Desk Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Material Handler Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Driver/Owner Operator Operator
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Service Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Distribution Clerk 3.6 years
Storeroom Clerk 3.0 years
Materials Clerk 2.9 years
Inventory Lead 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.7 years
Return Clerk 2.7 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Inventory Clerk 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 14.2%
Teller 4.7%
Clerk 3.3%
Secretary 2.8%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 10.3%
Teller 4.2%
Driver 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Clerk 3.0%

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Inventory Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

50.3%

Male

47.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

19.7%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.9%

French

6.9%

Chinese

3.8%

German

3.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Japanese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Italian

1.6%

Carrier

1.3%

Hindi

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Russian

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%
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Inventory Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.0%

Kaplan University

6.9%

Remington College

6.6%

Houston Community College

6.4%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

5.4%

Ashford University

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

University of Memphis

4.4%

University of Houston

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.7%

College of the Sequoias

3.7%

Strayer University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

Miami Dade College

2.9%

Texas Southern University

2.9%

Essex County College

2.9%

Trident Technical College

2.7%

San Joaquin Valley College

2.7%

Greenville Technical College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

30.6%

Accounting

12.6%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

General Studies

5.0%

Computer Science

4.1%

Psychology

4.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Education

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Nursing

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Marketing

2.1%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Finance

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

38.5%

Bachelors

26.5%

Associate

19.4%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

4.2%

Diploma

3.3%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Clerk

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  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Different Departments
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Determined appropriate spare parts inventory levels that optimized budget and prevented production downtime due to out-of-stock parts.
  • Performed routine clerical duties, including data entry, answering telephones, and assisting different departments.
  • Provided excellent customer service by monitoring delivery schedules and updating customers of new changes.
  • Assisted with security by monitoring cameras, verifying purchases, and notifying law enforcement of infractions when necessary.
  • Performed data entry duties into computerized system, and performed inventory control on all activities related to warehouse operation.

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