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Working As A Storekeeper

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $23,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Storekeeper 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 Storekeeper

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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Storekeeper Career Paths

Storekeeper
Purchasing Agent Office Manager Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Purchasing Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Expeditor Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Leading Petty Officer Field Service Technician Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Security Officer Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Expeditor Material Coordinator Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Leading Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Maintenance Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver/Warehouse Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Storekeeper Demographics

Gender

Male

69.7%

Female

28.5%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.1%

French

14.7%

Chinese

8.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Tahitian

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Bhojpuri

2.9%
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Storekeeper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

Liberty University

7.2%

Strayer University

7.2%

Ashford University

6.2%

University of Iowa

6.2%

Tidewater Community College

6.2%

Kaplan University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.1%

Old Dominion University

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Coastline Community College

4.1%

National University

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%

Santa Rosa Junior College

3.1%

A-Technical College

3.1%

Northwood University

3.1%

More Tech Institute

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

36.0%

Accounting

7.8%

General Studies

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Education

4.6%

Management

4.6%

Supply Chain Management

3.9%

Computer Science

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Psychology

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.7%

English

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

31.9%

Bachelors

28.3%

Associate

18.1%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

3.7%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Storekeeper

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Top Storekeeper Skills

  1. Supply Department
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Acted as primary administrative assistant to Supply Department, Stores Division Leading Chief Petty Officer.
  • Adjusted daily inventory records, researched discrepancies, reviewed requests for expedited materials and created purchase orders.
  • Instructed gym patrons on safety procedures.
  • Maintained financial records and accounting systems.
  • Manage activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, inventory control, warehousing, or receiving.

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