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Working As An Inventory Control 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

  • $67,883

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Control 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 Control 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 Control Clerk Career Paths

Inventory Control Clerk
Receiving Clerk Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Account Representative Sales Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Specialist Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Cycle Counter 2.2 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 8.7%
Teller 3.7%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Employers After
Cashier 5.6%
Buyer 4.2%
Supervisor 3.4%
Teller 3.0%

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Inventory Control Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

51.3%

Male

47.2%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.1%

Carrier

4.2%

French

3.2%

Tagalog

3.2%

Italian

2.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Korean

1.1%
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Inventory Control Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

Strayer University

6.8%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

6.4%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

6.4%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Colorado Technical University

4.5%

Valencia College

4.1%

Ashford University

4.1%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Cerritos College

4.1%

Modesto Junior College

4.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Columbus State Community College

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

Remington College

3.2%

Fresno City College

2.7%

Franklin University

2.7%

William Rainey Harper College

2.7%

Erie Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

35.6%

Accounting

12.5%

Computer Science

5.1%

Health Care Administration

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

General Studies

4.5%

Management

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Psychology

2.7%

Nursing

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Supply Chain Management

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

English

1.9%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Finance

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

38.3%

Bachelors

25.8%

Associate

20.2%

Certificate

6.9%

Masters

6.1%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Clerk

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  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Inventory Control
  3. Cycle Counts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Checked for product label accuracy Maintain inventory levels and report them to production managers Staging product in warehouse
  • Filed and maintained inventory control documents of the various inventory transactions conducted to include all warehousing information files.
  • Conducted cycle counts to establish baseline of inventory accuracy.
  • Verified incoming inventory shipments and assisted with stocking new merchandise.
  • Provide word-processing and secretarial support including Microsoft Word data entry and Excel spreadsheet updates.

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