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Working As A Materials 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

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Materials 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 Materials 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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Materials Specialist Career Paths

Materials Specialist
Buyer Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Buyer Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Purchasing Agent Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Office Manager Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Master Scheduler Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Operation Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Operation Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Operation Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Account Executive Department Manager
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Recruiter Procurement Agent
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Inventory Analyst Production Planner
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Storekeeper 5.8 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Materials Clerk 3.5 years
Top Careers Before Materials Specialist
Buyer 7.7%
Cashier 7.4%
Manager 5.1%
Supervisor 4.9%
Assembler 3.6%
Internship 3.1%
Top Careers After Materials Specialist
Buyer 10.9%
Specialist 4.6%
Cashier 4.0%
Supervisor 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
LifeBridge Health
Highest Paying City
Houston, TX
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Materials Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Materials Specialist in the United States is $48,273 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Materials Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Oil and Gas Material Specialist Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $160,000
Advanced Materials Specialist HTC America Innovation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $130,000
Material Specialist Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership Plymouth, MI Sep 13, 2011 $113,640
Technical Materials Specialist Citgo Petroleum Lemont, IL Nov 04, 2016 $107,018
Corrosion Materials Specialist Engineering Consult Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $95,000
Material Specialist Freudenberg-NOK General Parternship Plymouth, MI Sep 13, 2013 $89,268
Material Specialist Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership Plymouth, MI Sep 13, 2013 $89,268
Materials Specialist Aker Subsea, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 27, 2011 $86,646
Materials Specialist Aker Subsea Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $86,646
Worldwide Materials Specialist Cummins Inc. Ladson, SC Sep 01, 2011 $81,000 -
$100,400
LIB Cathode Materials Specialist The Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI Oct 04, 2010 $80,330 -
$117,132
Materials Specialist (Stamping) Work4CE, Inc. Georgetown, KY Oct 05, 2015 $77,219
Dental Materials Specialist YM Dental Lab, Inc. Manassas, VA Sep 02, 2015 $75,132
Materials Specialist, Marketing Operations Shire Us Inc. Lexington, MA Jan 09, 2016 $75,000
Materials Specialist Creation Technologies San Jose, Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 10, 2016 $75,000
Material Management Specialist SMS Infocomm Cororation Grapevine, TX Oct 01, 2011 $65,678
Materials Specialist Superior Energy Services, L.L.C. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $64,938
Material Management Specialist SMS Infocomm Cororation Grapevine, TX Sep 19, 2014 $63,549
Material Specialist J & H Creations, Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2012 $60,674
Materials Specialist Superior Energy Services, L.L.C. Houston, TX Sep 17, 2014 $59,842
Materials Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA May 17, 2016 $58,410
Materials Specialist J & H Creations, Inc. New York, NY Aug 03, 2011 $57,075
Materials Specialist U.S. Healthworks Holding Co, Inc. Santa Clarita, CA Aug 22, 2016 $56,160
Materials Specialist Engineer Western Technologies, Inc. Farmington, NM Aug 01, 2010 $49,899 -
$55,000
Materials Specialist Frontage Laboratories, Inc. Exton, PA Dec 02, 2009 $47,000

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Top Skills for A Materials Specialist

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. On-Time Delivery
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitate ordering and staging for large Preventative Maintenance processes.
  • Established optimal production line schedules by balancing volumes and minimizing labor usage between presses, while achieving customer on-time delivery.
  • Monitor and ensure accuracy and timely receipts of inventory control parts executed by hourly inventory control employees.
  • Perform subcontracting activities including entering purchase orders, changing routines, contacting suppliers and ensuring a timely turnaround of product.
  • Analyzed production schedules and estimated labor requirements to complete job assignments.

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Top 10 Best States for Materials Specialists

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  3. Texas
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  5. Vermont
  6. Utah
  7. Oregon
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Materials Specialist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 4,826 Materials Specialist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Materials Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

33.9%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.4%

Mandarin

5.9%

Chinese

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

German

4.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Romanian

1.0%

Tatar

1.0%

Occidental

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Kazakh

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%
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Materials Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.1%

Illinois Central College

16.4%

Ashford University

5.5%

Arizona State University

5.0%

Richland Community College

4.8%

Midstate College

3.8%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.1%

Strayer University

2.9%

Greenville Technical College

2.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.9%

Savannah Technical College

2.6%

University of Houston

2.6%

Northern Illinois University

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.6%

Texas A&M University

2.6%

Illinois State University

2.4%

Ohio State University

2.4%

Pennsylvania State University

2.4%

Western Illinois University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

40.5%

Supply Chain Management

6.7%

Accounting

5.1%

Management

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

General Studies

4.2%

Education

3.0%

Computer Science

2.9%

Communication

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Finance

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Medical Assisting Services

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Other

27.9%

Associate

16.1%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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