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Working As An Inventory 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

  • $57,873

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory 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 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 Specialist Career Paths

Inventory Specialist
Security Officer Operator Office Manager
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Forklift Operator Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Packer Shipping Clerk Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assembler Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.8 years
Inventory Auditor 2.2 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Specialist
Cashier 16.6%
Teller 4.3%
Internship 3.5%
Manager 3.4%
Server 2.8%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Careers After Inventory Specialist
Cashier 11.6%
Manager 4.3%
Teller 3.7%
Supervisor 3.0%
Server 3.0%
Specialist 2.8%

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Inventory Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

54.9%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.3%

French

5.5%

German

3.7%

Chinese

3.5%

Mandarin

3.1%

Russian

2.5%

Japanese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Hmong

1.4%

Korean

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Carrier

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Tagalog

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hebrew

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%
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Inventory Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.3%

Ashford University

6.3%

Kaplan University

6.1%

Strayer University

5.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.3%

Liberty University

4.4%

Houston Community College

4.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

Weber State University

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.1%

Wake Technical Community College

3.1%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Miami Dade College

3.1%

University of Houston

2.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.8%

Colorado Technical University

2.8%

Trident Technical College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

29.7%

Criminal Justice

8.0%

Accounting

7.5%

General Studies

5.1%

Health Care Administration

4.6%

Computer Science

4.4%

Psychology

4.4%

Communication

3.8%

Management

3.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Information Technology

3.0%

Nursing

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Finance

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

35.4%

Bachelors

31.9%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

5.8%

Masters

5.7%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Inventory Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Retail Inventory Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 25, 2016 $120,000
Retail Inventory Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 19, 2015 $120,000
Purchasing, Logistics and Inventory Specialist Value Windows & Doors Duarte, Inc. Duarte, CA Feb 02, 2016 $102,419
Operations/Inventory Specialist Optima USA Corp. Miami, FL Aug 04, 2008 $71,885
Global Inventory Specialist Population Services International Washington, DC Apr 01, 2010 $55,857
Purchasing and Inventory Specialist MMI, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 09, 2016 $55,306
Inventory Specialist KCS Communications, Inc. Manassas, VA Oct 01, 2012 $53,539
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Jun 29, 2015 $48,547
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Oct 11, 2014 $48,547
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Apr 08, 2013 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Inventory Specialist

  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Store Shelves
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make independent judgments and decisions based on analyzing and monitoring inventory levels to authorize volume purchases regarding inventory levels.
  • Managed inventory and off distributing and recovering merchandise to store shelves.
  • Inventory Specialist Stocked and received inventory as directed Provided customer service to patrons Worked in sales and customer service
  • Ensured proper stock levels through execution of weekly consumables counts, and quarterly cycle counts on all parts and supplies.
  • Served as primary inventory control specialist, shipping and receiving clerk and provided administrative support to engineers.

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