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Working As A Warehouse Associate

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

  • $24,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse 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 Warehouse 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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Warehouse Associate Career Paths

Warehouse Associate
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Mechanic Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead 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
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Warehouse Lead 3.3 years
Warehouse Shipper 2.8 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Forklift Operator 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Material Handler 2.4 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Delivery/Warehouse 2.3 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Warehouse Agent 2.1 years
Warehouse Loader 2.1 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Picker/Stocker 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Selector 1.8 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Puller 1.5 years
Warehouse Packer 1.4 years
Warehouse Hand 1.3 years
Warehouse Picker 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 14.6%
Associate 3.9%
Cook 2.7%
Server 2.7%
Driver 2.4%
Manager 2.2%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.5%
Associate 4.5%
Driver 3.8%
Technician 2.3%
Server 2.2%

Warehouse Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

67.4%

Female

30.5%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

77.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.4%

French

7.3%

German

2.2%

Carrier

2.1%

Portuguese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Japanese

1.3%

Chinese

1.2%

Polish

1.0%

Russian

0.9%

Mandarin

0.8%

Swedish

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Italian

0.5%

Somali

0.4%

Swahili

0.4%
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Warehouse Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.8%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

6.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.6%

Midlands Technical College

5.4%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.7%

Glendale Community College

4.4%

Liberty University

4.1%

Universal Technical Institute

4.1%

Columbus State Community College

4.0%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.9%

Strayer University

3.8%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.8%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.6%

Sinclair Community College

3.5%

San Joaquin Delta College

3.4%

Miami Dade College

3.3%

Northern Kentucky University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

25.0%

Criminal Justice

9.4%

General Studies

8.4%

Computer Science

5.4%

Medical Assisting Services

5.1%

Psychology

4.5%

Accounting

4.3%

Nursing

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.4%

Communication

3.2%

Information Technology

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Management

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

44.7%

Bachelors

22.8%

Associate

18.9%

Certificate

7.2%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Associate

ElectricPalletJackHandTrucksSafetyRegulationsDeliveryTrucksCustomerOrdersRFScannerCustomerServicePackageGoodsLoadTrucksSortInventoryControlInspectStockItemsAssemblyLineDataEntryRecordDataStorageAreasFedexCycleCountsComputerSystemSalesFloor

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Top Warehouse Associate Skills

  1. Electric Pallet Jack
  2. Hand Trucks
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Stocked orders out to correct locations on shelves Utilized forklifts and electric pallet jacks.
  • Used forklift and hand trucks to stack pellets and wrapped skids matching qualities and items shipped on invoice.
  • Maintain the work area and equipment in a clean, orderly condition and follow prescribe safety regulations.
  • Maintained database of audio and video equipment Cataloged incoming and outgoing inventory Loaded and unloaded delivery trucks
  • Received vendor products using radio frequency scanners and workstation terminals, and packed/shipped customer orders to various fulfillment centers.

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