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Working As A Warehouse Assistant

  • 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 Warehouse Assistant 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 Warehouse Assistant

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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Warehouse Assistant Career Paths

Warehouse Assistant
Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Material Handler Supply Technician
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse Foreman 4.0 years
Warehouseman 3.4 years
Warehouse Lead 3.3 years
Warehouse Shipper 2.8 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Delivery/Warehouse 2.3 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Warehouse Loader 2.1 years
Warehouse Agent 2.1 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Selector 1.8 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Inventory Stocker 1.6 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Warehouse Packer 1.4 years
Warehouse Hand 1.3 years
Warehouse Picker 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.9%
Internship 6.1%
Assistant 3.7%
Driver 3.1%
Volunteer 3.1%
Top Employers After
Internship 6.7%
Cashier 5.8%
Driver 5.4%
Assistant 3.7%
Server 3.5%
Technician 3.3%

Warehouse Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

77.0%

Female

20.9%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.0%

German

5.8%

Chinese

5.3%

Mandarin

4.4%

French

4.4%

Japanese

2.7%

Portuguese

2.2%

Italian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Russian

1.3%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Icelandic

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Somali

0.4%

Hungarian

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%

Albanian

0.4%

Greek

0.4%

Burmese

0.4%
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Warehouse Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

Miami Dade College

7.3%

Liberty University

7.3%

Ashford University

5.4%

San Francisco State University

4.9%

San Diego State University

4.9%

Iowa State University

4.9%

University of Alabama

4.4%

Wake Technical Community College

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.4%

Western Michigan University

4.4%

Trident Technical College

3.9%

Universal Technical Institute

3.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.9%

Kirkwood Community College

3.9%

Orange Coast College

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

College of DuPage

3.9%

Broward College

3.9%
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Majors

Business

26.6%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

General Studies

6.6%

Accounting

5.6%

Psychology

5.2%

Management

4.8%

Computer Science

4.2%

Communication

4.2%

Kinesiology

3.8%

Marketing

3.7%

Finance

3.4%

English

3.0%

Supply Chain Management

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Political Science

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

36.0%

Associate

13.1%

Certificate

5.6%

Masters

3.6%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Assistant

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Top Warehouse Assistant Skills

  1. Production Areas
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Hand Truck
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Moved freight, stock and other materials to and from storage and production areas and loading docks.
  • Drive delivery trucks to destinations that ordered supplies, as well as manage a team to help set up the rentals.
  • Use propane powered forklift, manual pallet jacks and hand trucks to move materials.
  • Helped organize stocks and perform inventories Customer Service Additional Skills
  • Job duties: Shipping, Receiving, Data entry, Parts delivery, Customer service

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