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Working As A Logistics Clerk

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $29,848

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics 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 A Logistics 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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Logistics Clerk Career Paths

Logistics Clerk
Logistics Specialist Material Handler Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Night Auditor Front Desk Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Security Officer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Distribution Center Manager
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Purchasing Agent Inventory Control Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Supply Clerk 3.4 years
Invoice Clerk 3.4 years
Route Clerk 3.3 years
Traffic Clerk 3.2 years
Dispatcher Clerk 3.0 years
Production Clerk 3.0 years
Logistics Clerk 3.0 years
Maintenance Clerk 2.9 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Logistics Lead 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 7.8%
Clerk 5.3%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Employers After
Cashier 5.2%
Clerk 4.3%
Manager 4.3%
Driver 4.0%
Supervisor 4.0%

Logistics Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

50.2%

Male

48.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

74.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.6%

Japanese

4.5%

Cantonese

4.5%

Tagalog

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

1.5%

Indonesian

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

German

1.5%

Igbo

1.5%

Yoruba

1.5%

French

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Dari

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Navajo

1.5%
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Logistics Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Central Texas College

8.9%

Liberty University

7.3%

Miami Dade College

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

Troy University

4.8%

American University

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.0%

Florida International University

4.0%

Remington College

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Ashford University

3.2%

Middlesex County College

3.2%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

Tidewater Community College

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

University of Alabama

2.4%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.4%
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Majors

Business

36.4%

Accounting

7.1%

Supply Chain Management

6.2%

Health Care Administration

5.5%

General Studies

4.9%

Psychology

4.9%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Communication

4.0%

Computer Science

3.1%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Nursing

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Legal Support Services

2.0%

Biology

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Information Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

32.7%

Bachelors

30.1%

Associate

18.0%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

6.8%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Logistics Clerk

RepairPartsDeliverySchedulesDataEntryCarriersCycleCountsPurchaseOrdersInventoryControlFinancialFedexCustomerServiceCustomerOrdersOutgoingShipmentsPropertyBookUnitBOLCombatInventoryManagementLTLSortAuditPowerpoint

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Top Logistics Clerk Skills

  1. Repair Parts
  2. Delivery Schedules
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Request, receipt, issue, and store automotive repair parts for equipment assigned to the designated unit.
  • Check inventories and prepare delivery schedules.
  • Performed data entry for incoming international mail; utilized digital system and referral numbers to track shipments from Japan.
  • Prepared shipping documents * Liaised with carriers on all matters relating scheduled shipments * Maintained and verified inventories
  • Compile parts lists through the use of Microsoft Excel and perform regular cycle counts to insure correct inventory.

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