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Working As A Receiving Associate

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Receiving Associate 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 Receiving Associate

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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Receiving Associate Career Paths

Receiving Associate
Forklift Operator Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Account Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Crew Member General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Office Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Driver Dispatcher
Dispatcher Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Specialist Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Police Officer
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Specialist Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Human Resources Assistant Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor General Manager
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Receiving Checker 3.6 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Receiving Lead 3.3 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Receiver 2.0 years
Stock Receiver 1.7 years
Stock Unloader 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Receiving Associate
Cashier 18.1%
Associate 3.9%
Cook 3.3%
Internship 3.1%
Server 2.8%
Teller 2.8%
Stocker 2.5%
Top Careers After Receiving Associate
Cashier 9.0%
Associate 4.9%
Driver 3.6%
Supervisor 2.8%
Cook 2.5%

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Receiving Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

67.8%

Female

30.5%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.2%

French

10.5%

Italian

3.2%

Japanese

2.6%

Mandarin

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Hmong

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

German

1.6%

Swedish

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Bosnian

1.1%

Dari

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Turkish

0.5%

Samoan

0.5%

Zulu

0.5%
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Receiving Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.8%

Liberty University

5.8%

American InterContinental University

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.5%

Ashford University

5.2%

Grand Canyon University

5.2%

College of Southern Nevada

4.0%

University of North Texas

4.0%

Strayer University

3.7%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.7%

Lansing Community College

3.7%

Vincennes University

3.4%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.4%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.4%

Greenville Technical College

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

Johnson County Community College

3.0%

Midlands Technical College

3.0%

Hinds Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Business

26.3%

Criminal Justice

10.7%

General Studies

6.7%

Accounting

5.4%

Computer Science

5.0%

Psychology

4.9%

Medical Assisting Services

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Nursing

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Communication

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Information Technology

2.8%

Education

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Automotive Technology

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Marketing

2.1%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

40.4%

Bachelors

27.6%

Associate

19.6%

Certificate

6.1%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Receiving Associate

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Stock Shelves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Stock, organize and present new merchandise on the sales floor and perform other tasks as assigned by manager from time-to-time.
  • Sweep and mop rooms, corridors and sales floor and clean and disinfect surfaces such as floors and counters.
  • Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with merchandise and arrange merchandise displays to attract customers.
  • Provided exceptional customer service to ensure a first class visit was experienced by every customer.
  • Operated forklifts and other heavy machinery safely, and to unloaded cargo from truck with hand trucks and pallet jacks.

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