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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

  • $84,569

    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
Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Transportation Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager Supply Technician
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Material Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Forklift Operator Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Planner Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Material Analyst 3.1 years
Materials Clerk 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 9.4%
Manager 5.3%
Supervisor 4.7%
Teller 4.1%
Technician 3.8%
Cashier 3.6%
Assembler 3.4%
Top Employers After
Buyer 12.4%
Specialist 4.2%
Supervisor 3.1%

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Materials Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.6%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.9%

Mandarin

7.6%

Chinese

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

German

5.1%

Carrier

3.8%

Cantonese

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Portuguese

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Tatar

1.3%

Occidental

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Kazakh

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Italian

1.3%
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Materials Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.5%

Illinois Central College

12.4%

Arizona State University

6.0%

Ashford University

5.6%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Richland Community College

4.3%

Greenville Technical College

4.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Western Illinois University

3.4%

University of Northern Iowa

3.0%

Purdue University

3.0%

Strayer University

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

3.0%

Wayne State University

2.6%

Midstate College

2.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.6%

Illinois State University

2.6%

Community College of the Air Force

2.6%
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Majors

Business

42.4%

Supply Chain Management

6.7%

Accounting

4.5%

Management

4.4%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

General Studies

3.8%

Education

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Science

2.5%

Psychology

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.3%

Information Technology

2.2%

Finance

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Other

28.0%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

12.0%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Materials Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Oil and Gas Material Specialist Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $327,120
Non-Metallics Materials Specialist Engineer Dovre Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 19, 2015 $300,000
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
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

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  1. Maintenance Department
  2. On-Time Delivery
  3. Inventory Levels
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  • Maintained and inventoried equipment supplies for maintenance department.
  • Established optimal production line schedules by balancing volumes and minimizing labor usage between presses, while achieving customer on-time delivery.
  • Schedule and track sulfur deliveries, monitor plant sulfur inventory levels and forecasts, and future inventory levels given delivery expectations.
  • Initiated unplanned purchase requisitions when changes occurred in bills of material, inventory quantity, or non-conforming materials.
  • Support a continuous improvement culture including lean principles, sustainability initiatives, ergonomic improvements, safety, and cross functional teams.

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