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Working As A Stock Worker

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $25,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Stock Worker 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 Stock Worker

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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Stock Worker Career Paths

Stock Worker
Driver Instructor General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Porter Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Porter Service Technician General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Janitor Delivery Driver Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Janitor Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Dietary Aide Material Handler Merchandiser
Merchandising Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Dietary Aide Delivery Driver Equipment Operator
Service Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Food Service Worker Merchandiser Merchandising Manager
Store Director
7 Yearsyrs
Food Service Worker Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Support Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Stock Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

74.9%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.6%

Polish

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%
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Stock Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Essex County College

8.5%

The Academy

6.8%

Kent State University

5.1%

Nassau Community College

5.1%

Western Illinois University

5.1%

Houston Community College

5.1%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

5.1%

Community College of Philadelphia

5.1%

Hillsborough Community College

5.1%

University of Florida

3.4%

Everest University-South Orlando

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Illinois State University

3.4%

University of Iowa

3.4%

University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Rockland Community College

3.4%

Indiana State University

3.4%

Montclair State University

3.4%

Sinclair Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

17.7%

Criminal Justice

11.7%

Psychology

8.7%

General Studies

7.4%

Communication

5.2%

Accounting

4.8%

Nursing

4.3%

Liberal Arts

4.3%

Computer Science

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Computer Technical Support

2.6%

Automotive Technology

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Sociology

2.6%
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Degrees

Other

43.6%

Bachelors

28.1%

Associate

13.7%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

3.0%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Stock Worker

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  1. Store Shelves
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded stocked items from pallets and placed on store shelves.
  • Managed inventory of products and ensured accuracy of delivery and placement on sales floor.
  • Performed various duties that included-customer service/sales/inventory, shipping and receiving, fill orders both written and phoned in.
  • Handle shelf allocation and rotation procedures, along with building displays and handling loading and unloading of merchandize onto/from delivery trucks.
  • Moved merchandise's from stock room, stock shelves, and placed merchandise on display.

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