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Working As An Inventory Controller

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

  • $58,253

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Controller 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 Controller

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 Controller Career Paths

Inventory Controller
Accounts Payable Clerk Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operation Supervisor Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Forklift Operator Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Inventory Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Driver Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.8 years
Stock Controller 2.8 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Controller
Cashier 15.9%
Teller 4.9%
Manager 4.6%
Supervisor 4.0%
Internship 2.7%
Buyer 2.6%
Top Careers After Inventory Controller
Cashier 5.9%
Teller 5.7%
Buyer 5.4%
Manager 4.6%

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Inventory Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

55.4%

Female

42.5%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.4%

Chinese

5.6%

French

5.1%

German

4.5%

Mandarin

3.9%

Japanese

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Russian

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%

Cantonese

2.2%

Hmong

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Inventory Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.6%

Ashford University

6.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.7%

Midlands Technical College

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

Liberty University

4.6%

University of Houston

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.4%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.4%

University of Louisville

3.4%

University of Toledo

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%

Houston Community College

3.1%

Wichita State University

3.1%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.1%

John Tyler Community College

3.1%

Oklahoma State University

3.1%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

2.7%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

2.7%

Bakersfield College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

35.4%

Accounting

11.1%

General Studies

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Psychology

4.0%

Computer Science

3.7%

Management

3.3%

Nursing

3.1%

Finance

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Supply Chain Management

2.6%

Information Technology

2.5%

Marketing

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Communication

1.8%

English

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

37.2%

Bachelors

30.0%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

8.1%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Inventory Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Inventory Controller KGS Jewels, Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2016 $90,000
Inventory Controller Prestige Jewelry International, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2013 $90,000
Inventory Controller Prestige Jewelry International, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2010 $76,190
Senior Inventory Controller Freeport Minerals Corporation Phoenix, AZ Sep 14, 2015 $64,500
Inventory Controller-Personal Shopper Department Norma Kamali, Inc. New York, NY Feb 23, 2010 $55,313
Inventory Controller Freeport-McMoran Bagdad Inc. Bagdad, AZ Oct 31, 2011 $51,500
Inventory Controller Freeport-McMoran Corporation Phoenix, AZ Sep 14, 2012 $51,100
Logistics and Inventory Controller Dome Technology LLC Idaho Falls, ID Aug 05, 2014 $40,000
Inventory Controller Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies, LLC Lafayette, IN Jan 09, 2016 $38,400

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Top Skills for An Inventory Controller

  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Different Departments
  3. Inventory Control Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used internet based ordering system to maintain appropriate inventory levels and decrease storage requirements.
  • Process damaged product, problem solver for pulled bin and-on/defectives and performing quality audits on different departments of the warehouse.
  • Developed and implemented inventory control procedures for all regional offices.
  • Received incoming shipments and reviewed contents against purchase order for accuracy Accomplishments Maintained an over all good working inventory.
  • Contributed to efficient warehouse operations through consistent daily high-level performance in customer service, inventory control, and forklift operation.

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Top 10 Best States for Inventory Controllers

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  3. Washington
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  5. Rhode Island
  6. Wyoming
  7. Colorado
  8. Alaska
  9. Tennessee
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