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Working As An Inventory Control 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

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Control 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 Control 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 Control Assistant Career Paths

Inventory Control Assistant
Buyer Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Buyer Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Buyer Office Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Coordinator Purchasing Agent Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Coordinator Purchasing Agent Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Coordinator Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Machine Operator Foreman
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Delivery Driver Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Driver Account Executive
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Coordinator Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Assistant Planner/Buyer Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Assistant Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Assistant Project Coordinator Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Foreman Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Materials Clerk 3.5 years
Inventory Clerk 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Control Assistant
Cashier 9.0%
Internship 5.1%
Assistant 3.9%
Supervisor 3.5%
Clerk 2.9%
Bookkeeper 2.7%
Top Careers After Inventory Control Assistant
Cashier 8.1%
Buyer 6.3%
Manager 3.3%
Assistant 3.1%
Specialist 2.7%
Internship 2.7%

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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Assistant

  1. Inventory Control
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Cycle Counts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated inventory control functions including counting, tracking and reviewing requisitions and sets-up new inventory items.
  • Provided day-to-day support to the manufacturing plant which includes reviewing raw material purchase requisitions and processing purchase orders.
  • Performed inventory analysis and executed inventory cycle counts as required, warehouse space planning, and identified safety hazards.
  • Contributed to efficient warehouse operations through consistent daily high-level performance in customer service, inventory control, and forklift operation.
  • Performed data entry duties into operational systems and performed inventory control on all activities related to warehouse operation and purchasing department.

Inventory Control Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

55.3%

Male

36.5%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.9%

Mandarin

7.9%

Chinese

5.3%

Cantonese

5.3%

Portuguese

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

German

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Hmong

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Thai

2.6%
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Inventory Control Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

6.1%

University of Houston

6.1%

Ashford University

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

5.1%

University of Connecticut

5.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

Santa Ana College

4.1%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Kean University

4.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.1%

Ohio University -

3.1%

Lincoln Land Community College

3.1%

University of North Florida

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.1%

Western Washington University

3.1%

Ferris State University

3.1%

San Jose State University

3.1%

Herzing University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

37.0%

Accounting

12.6%

Communication

4.6%

Management

4.1%

General Studies

3.7%

Computer Science

3.5%

Psychology

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Supply Chain Management

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Education

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Mathematics

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Other

30.0%

Associate

14.9%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

6.6%

Diploma

2.4%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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