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Working As A Material Handling 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

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Handling 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 Handling 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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Material Handling Specialist Career Paths

Material Handling Specialist
Material Handler Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Consultant
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Project Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Owner
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Specialist Supply Technician Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Specialist Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Specialist Logistics Specialist Buyer
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Specialist Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Emergency Medical Technician Operation Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Automated Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipper Receiver 3.5 years
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.6 years
Material Handler 2.5 years
Warehouse Employee 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Material Handling Specialist
Cashier 8.0%
Manager 4.0%
Specialist 3.1%
Assembler 2.8%
Top Careers After Material Handling Specialist
Supervisor 5.4%
Cashier 4.6%
Driver 4.4%

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Top Skills for A Material Handling Specialist

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Storage Areas
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow safety procedures in order to properly lift and package warehouse items, including properly operating all warehouse equipment.
  • Maintained equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.
  • Conducted inventory control spot checks on a reoccurring basis, reconciled differences, and consistently passed government audits from various levels.
  • Maintained high levels of partner satisfaction through excellent customer service through answering phone calls and preparing orders in timely manner
  • Transport medicinal products using pallet jacks

Material Handling Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

25.2%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

French

12.5%

Portuguese

4.2%

Chinese

4.2%

Vietnamese

4.2%

Persian

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Russian

4.2%
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Material Handling Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Central Texas College

13.6%

Ashford University

5.8%

Army Quartermaster Center and School

5.8%

Strayer University

4.9%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

4.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

Austin Community College

3.9%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

Keiser University

3.9%

Henry Ford College

2.9%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

2.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.9%

The Academy

2.9%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

2.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

33.0%

General Studies

8.4%

Accounting

6.3%

Management

5.4%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Supply Chain Management

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Information Technology

3.5%

Computer Science

3.3%

Nursing

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Education

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Biology

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Kinesiology

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

33.3%

Bachelors

30.8%

Associate

21.0%

Certificate

6.6%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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