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Working As A Planner

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $69,332

    Average Salary

What Does A Planner 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 Planner

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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Planner Career Paths

Planner
Material Manager Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Operations Coordinator Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Production Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Production Control Manager Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Planning Manager
Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

53.3%

Female

44.4%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.1%

French

9.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

German

5.7%

Italian

4.2%

Chinese

4.2%

Portuguese

3.5%

Arabic

2.7%

Japanese

2.4%

Korean

2.2%

Carrier

1.7%

Hindi

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Cantonese

1.3%

Urdu

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Polish

0.5%
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Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

Florida State University

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Iowa State University

4.7%

Webster University

4.6%

Auburn University

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Florida International University

4.0%

Syracuse University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.7%

University of Florida

3.6%

American University

3.6%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.4%

University of Houston

3.2%

University of North Texas

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

34.6%

Urban Planning

6.9%

Management

6.4%

Marketing

6.3%

Communication

4.3%

Finance

4.3%

Accounting

3.7%

Supply Chain Management

3.7%

Psychology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Public Administration

2.7%

Project Management

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Political Science

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Environmental Science

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

24.2%

Other

18.9%

Associate

9.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Brand Planner Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 22, 2015 $145,000 -
$165,000
Planner VIII CDM Smith Inc. Denver, CO Dec 08, 2016 $138,902
Coastal Planner Moffatt & Nichol Long Beach, CA Jul 25, 2016 $130,000
Support Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 26, 2016 $120,400
Planner Envogue International, LLC New York, NY Oct 17, 2016 $120,000
WW SDM Planner Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 31, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Aggregate Planner Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 13, 2016 $115,816
Applecare Planner Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 05, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Planner Henningson, Durham & Richardson, PC New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $114,150
Planner VI CDM Smith Inc. Houston, TX Jun 30, 2016 $109,803
Transmission Operations Planner Sunflower Electric Power Corporation Garden City, KS May 01, 2015 $103,979
Planner Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Portland, TX Feb 20, 2016 $102,048
Planner III County of Ventura CA Jul 31, 2015 $78,770
Planner III Alameda County, Ca Hayward, CA Dec 09, 2016 $78,741 -
$94,828
Planner IV CDM Smith Inc. Maitland, FL Jan 05, 2016 $78,416
Planner IV CDM Smith Inc. New Haven, CT Jan 01, 2015 $77,834
FAB Planner Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Sep 06, 2015 $77,000
Wireline (WL) North America (NAM) Segment Planner Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Sep 08, 2015 $76,731 -
$85,500
Planner Parker Hannifin Corporation North Haven, CT Sep 17, 2015 $63,700 -
$73,700
Planner Level 3 Communications, LLC Broomfield, CO Aug 31, 2016 $63,036
Planner Hatch Mott MacDonald Holdings, Inc. (Hmm) Pleasanton, CA Aug 18, 2016 $63,003
Planner Parker Hannifin Corporation North Haven, CT May 08, 2016 $63,000 -
$73,000
Junior Medical Planner KMD Architects San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $63,000
Medical Planner WHR Architects, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 28, 2015 $62,500
Planner Its Regional, LLC Metairie, LA Sep 28, 2015 $62,500

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Top Skills for A Planner

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  1. Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Purchase
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  • Performed responsibilities of assisting senior nuclear mechanic in testing nuclear power plants and in preparing operational procedures.
  • Provide customer service through legal land-use/zoning recommendations for future land development as well as technical software & hardware assistance to planning personnel
  • Place purchase orders for large quantities of promotional materials while managing item storage and professional distribution.
  • Conduct forecasting process, help determine appropriate safety stock levels and other daily activities to meet customer requirements.
  • Call Qualified Customers And Offer Vacation Packages, Communication Skills, Achieved Sales Goals, Maintained Constant Customer Satisfaction.

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