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Working As A Stocker

  • 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

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Stocker 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 Stocker

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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Stocker Demographics

Gender

Male

64.0%

Female

23.9%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.2%

French

5.5%

German

2.9%

Arabic

1.8%

Japanese

1.7%

Russian

1.6%

Polish

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Italian

1.0%

Hmong

0.7%

Chinese

0.6%

Swedish

0.5%

Carrier

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Dutch

0.4%

Mandarin

0.4%

Hindi

0.3%

Korean

0.3%

Vietnamese

0.2%

Swahili

0.2%
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Stocker Education

Schools

The Academy

17.7%

University of Phoenix

16.1%

Houston Community College

5.5%

Hinds Community College

5.0%

Universal Technical Institute

4.5%

Ashford University

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Full Sail University

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

Valencia College

3.6%

Delgado Community College

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.5%

Miami Dade College

3.4%

Tidewater Community College

3.4%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.4%

Remington College

3.2%

Central State University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.9%

Everest Institute

2.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

20.4%

Criminal Justice

10.8%

General Studies

10.0%

Nursing

5.4%

Computer Science

5.1%

Medical Assisting Services

4.9%

Automotive Technology

4.3%

Psychology

4.3%

Accounting

4.0%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Education

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Communication

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.7%

Culinary Arts

2.5%

Information Technology

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

50.4%

Bachelors

19.3%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

6.8%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

1.5%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Vallarta Supermarkets
Highest Paying City
Burlington, VT
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Stocker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Stocker in the United States is $29,293 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

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Top Skills for A Stocker

  1. Stock Shelves
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Keep clean and organized work area, Organize new freight and stock shelves, while making sure to accommodate customers.
  • Use pallets to bring in new merchandise, stock empty shelves with new merchandise, also keep a clean work area.
  • Insured excellent customer service and departmental operations are maintained throughout the Grocery department.
  • Confirmed proper paperwork from shipments from delivery trucks to make sure the items received were correct and stocked shelves with merchandise.
  • Trained to operate manual/electric pallet jacks.

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