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Working As An Inventory Control 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 Control 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 Control 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 Control Associate Career Paths

Inventory Control Associate
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Department Supervisor Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Material Handler Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Controller Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Branch Manager Senior Account Executive
Managing Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Logistics Manager Supply Technician
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Controller Office Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Technical Support Specialist Support Supervisor
Support Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Department Supervisor Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.9 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Inventory Stocker 1.6 years
Inventory Counter 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.2%
Associate 4.1%
Manager 3.9%
Internship 3.8%
Volunteer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.9%
Associate 5.1%
Manager 4.4%
Supervisor 3.5%

Inventory Control Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

40.1%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.2%

French

13.0%

German

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Wolof

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Swahili

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Samoan

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Bosnian

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Lingala

1.3%

Nepali

1.3%

Uzbek

1.3%
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Inventory Control Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

East Tennessee State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Delgado Community College

5.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

Liberty University

5.0%

New York University

4.3%

Saint Louis University-

4.3%

Pace University - New York

4.3%

Texas State University

4.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

Strayer University

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.5%

Rock Valley College

3.5%

Ashford University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

28.7%

Accounting

9.0%

Criminal Justice

7.0%

Computer Science

5.6%

Psychology

5.1%

Finance

4.5%

General Studies

4.2%

Marketing

3.6%

Management

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Biology

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Information Technology

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Supply Chain Management

2.5%

Communication

2.4%

Political Science

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Economics

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

31.1%

Associate

14.9%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Associate

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Top Inventory Control Associate Skills

  1. Stock Merchandise
  2. Customer Service
  3. Inventory Management System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded trucks, manage backroom, stock merchandise, bin items in and out, cashier, and customer service.
  • Assisted and consulted with retail customers providing excellent customer service.
  • Created an inventory management system for sorting and recording incoming and outgoing inventory.
  • Provided customer service on sales floor and at registers to increase sales and build customer loyalty.
  • INVENTORY CONTROL ASSOCIATE National Safety Council, Elk Grove Village, IL Issued purchase orders.

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