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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

  • $47,408

    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
Driver Operation Supervisor Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Plant Manager Driver
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Warehouse Lead
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Purchasing Agent Inventory Analyst
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Business Manager Account Coordinator
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager Driver
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Manifest Clerk 3.6 years
Invoice Clerk 3.3 years
Traffic Clerk 3.1 years
Logistics Clerk 3.0 years
Maintenance Clerk 2.9 years
Order Clerk 2.8 years
Dispatcher Clerk 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Freight Clerk 2.4 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 8.2%
Clerk 5.5%
Teller 4.1%
Supervisor 3.1%
Bookkeeper 3.1%
Top Employers After
Cashier 5.9%
Clerk 4.7%
Driver 4.2%
Manager 3.9%
Supervisor 3.4%

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Logistics Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

49.4%

Male

48.9%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Hispanic or Latino

20.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.6%

Japanese

5.7%

Cantonese

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

German

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Portuguese

1.4%

Indonesian

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Igbo

1.4%

Yoruba

1.4%

French

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Dari

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Tagalog

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Navajo

1.4%
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Logistics Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Central Texas College

8.4%

Liberty University

7.6%

Miami Dade College

5.0%

Troy University

5.0%

American University

5.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Houston Community College

4.2%

Remington College

4.2%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Middlesex County College

3.4%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.4%

University of Memphis

3.4%

Florida International University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

Tidewater Community College

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

University of Alabama

2.5%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

36.0%

Accounting

7.3%

Supply Chain Management

6.2%

Health Care Administration

5.5%

Psychology

4.9%

General Studies

4.4%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Communication

3.8%

Computer Science

3.5%

Management

3.3%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Nursing

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Biology

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Legal Support Services

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Fine Arts

1.5%

Human Services

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

33.0%

Bachelors

30.6%

Associate

17.5%

Masters

8.2%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

3.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Logistics Clerk

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  1. Logistics Department
  2. Invoices
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to organize a logistics department efficiently.
  • Obtained signatures for financial documents and internal/external invoices.
  • Record keeping, filing important documents, performing data entry, proofreading documents, creating spreadsheets, & processing complaints.
  • Schedule and host presentations with sales contractors for new medical/veterinary products.
  • Worked as customer support for other sections, answering phone calls and email correspondence regarding shipping statuses.

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