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Working As A Material 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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Material 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 A Material 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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Average Length of Employment
Control Specialist 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Material Control Specialist
Warehouseman 15.3%
Buyer 6.2%
Cashier 3.9%
Manager 2.9%
Top Careers After Material Control Specialist
Buyer 8.7%
Supervisor 4.7%
Cashier 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
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$32,000
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$55,000
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$95,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Alstom
Highest Paying City
Houston, TX
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Material Control Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Material Control Specialist in the United States is $56,028 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

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Top Skills for A Material Control Specialist

  1. Purchase Orders
  2. Inventory Control
  3. Materials Control Files
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and maintained material control files including requisitions, purchase orders and material receiving reports.
  • Devised and executed logistical operations strategies supporting supply and material tracking for client services to and from inventory control areas.
  • Maintained project documentation files and materials control files.
  • Organized and managed DARPA-Defense Advance Research Project Administration and DBMS-Database Management Systems to facilitate cross-functional logistics global infrastructure and implementation.
  • Performed cycle counts and physical inventories and ensured accuracy of inventory to minimize downtime and expedited fees.

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Top 10 Best States for Material Control Specialists

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  4. Minnesota
  5. Tennessee
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Texas
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Material Control Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

59.1%

Female

30.1%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

14.7%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.9%

French

7.1%

German

3.6%

Bosnian

3.6%

Dari

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Serbian

3.6%

Urdu

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Material Control Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

Central Texas College

9.0%

Trident Technical College

7.1%

Community College of the Air Force

5.7%

Houston Community College

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Strayer University

4.7%

Ashford University

4.2%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

4.2%

Texas Southern University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Columbia Southern University

3.3%

Sam Houston State University

3.3%

Defense Acquisition University

2.8%

University of Alabama

2.4%

Auburn University

2.4%

Texas State University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

40.2%

Supply Chain Management

8.8%

Management

6.1%

Accounting

4.9%

General Studies

4.7%

Computer Science

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Information Technology

3.3%

Psychology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Operations Management

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Kinesiology

1.5%

Economics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.7%

Other

32.9%

Associate

15.0%

Masters

10.8%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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