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Working As An Inventory Control Specialist

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

  • $56,532

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Control Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Inventory Control Specialist
Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor Office Manager
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Sales Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Forklift Operator Warehouse Lead
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Account Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.8 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 11.9%
Manager 4.6%
Teller 3.8%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.6%
Manager 4.1%
Buyer 3.7%
Driver 3.3%
Supervisor 3.3%

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Inventory Control Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

60.3%

Female

38.1%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.5%

French

9.0%

German

3.5%

Mandarin

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Italian

2.0%

Carrier

1.7%

Chinese

1.5%

Korean

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Croatian

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Persian

0.6%
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Inventory Control Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.8%

Kaplan University

7.2%

Ashford University

6.2%

Liberty University

5.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

Strayer University

4.8%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

Houston Community College

4.0%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.5%

Grand Canyon University

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.2%

Austin Community College

3.2%

University of Central Florida

3.0%

University of North Texas

2.8%

University of Memphis

2.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

Community College of the Air Force

2.7%

Walden University

2.7%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.7%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

2.7%
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Majors

Business

35.0%

Accounting

8.0%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

General Studies

5.6%

Computer Science

4.5%

Management

4.1%

Psychology

3.9%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Information Technology

3.0%

Supply Chain Management

2.9%

Communication

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Nursing

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Graphic Design

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

36.4%

Bachelors

30.1%

Associate

18.2%

Masters

6.4%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Inventory Control Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Inventory Control Specialist Developer Food for Life Baking Co., Inc. Corona, CA Apr 01, 2014 $81,268
Inventory Control Specialist Spinecraft, LLC Westmont, IL Apr 22, 2013 $65,000
Inventory Control Specialist Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Vance, AL Oct 01, 2014 $63,928
Inventory Control Specialist Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Vance, AL Oct 01, 2011 $53,000
Inventory Control Specialist Pegatron Technology Service Inc. Jeffersonville, IN Oct 01, 2012 $51,000
Inventory Control Specialist Pegatron Technology Service Inc. Jeffersonville, IN Oct 01, 2012 $50,818
Inventory Control Specialist AVO USA Manufacturing Corporation Plano, TX Sep 14, 2016 $50,000
Purchasing and Inventory Control Specialist Geneva Scientific, Inc. Batavia, IL Sep 15, 2015 $50,000
Freezer Inventory Control Specialist Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Greeley, CO Sep 16, 2015 $48,277
Inventory Control Specialist THK Rhythm North America Co., Ltd. Sparta, TN Nov 15, 2010 $40,824 -
$45,360
Inventory Control Specialist Greensboro Alcohol Beverage Control Board Greensboro, NC Dec 01, 2011 $40,000
Inventory Control Specialist R C Martin and Associates Inc. Redlands, CA Jul 01, 2010 $37,566
Inventory Control Specialist R C Martin and Associates Inc. Redlands, CA Oct 01, 2010 $37,566
Inventory Control Specialist R C Martin and Associates Inc. Loma Linda, CA Oct 01, 2010 $37,566

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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Specialist

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  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Inventory Control Procedures
  3. Overstock Merchandise
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Control inventory levels by monitoring expired inventory, negative inventory, and inventory at risk, inventory adjustments and discrepancies.
  • Monitor compliance to operational, safety, or inventory control procedures, including physical security standards.
  • Maintained accurate inventory control in a high inventory retail environment, by categorizing merchandise by department and labeling overstock merchandise.
  • Managed daily cycle counts to ensure accurate and current inventory integrity and maintain customer-service revisions, effectively minimizing expenses.
  • Supplemented customer service duties especially when customers needed help in making choices related to electronics.

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