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Working As A Warehouse Employee

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

  • $24,682

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse Employee 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 Employee

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 Employee Career Paths

Warehouse Employee
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Operator Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Office Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Inspector Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Warehouse Employee Demographics

Gender

Male

79.5%

Female

19.1%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

German

6.5%

French

2.9%

Dakota

2.9%

Dutch

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Macedonian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Swahili

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Dari

0.7%

Armenian

0.7%

Finnish

0.7%
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Warehouse Employee Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

Pennsylvania State University

7.9%

Liberty University

6.7%

Kaplan University

6.1%

Iowa State University

6.1%

Arizona State University

5.5%

University of North Texas

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.9%

Mt San Antonio College

4.9%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

Cerritos College

4.3%

Pasadena City College

4.3%

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

Murray State University

3.7%

University of South Dakota

3.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.7%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.7%

Indiana State University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

24.8%

Criminal Justice

9.7%

General Studies

5.8%

Accounting

5.7%

Psychology

5.2%

Computer Science

4.4%

Communication

3.9%

Education

3.8%

Biology

3.6%

Management

3.3%

Marketing

3.3%

Kinesiology

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Finance

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

History

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

35.4%

Associate

13.7%

Masters

3.8%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Employee

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Inbound Merchandise
  3. Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked on an assembly line where product was packaged, boxed, palatalized and placed on delivery trucks.
  • Tagged all inbound merchandise with receiving data.
  • Operated powered lift trucks, floor sweepers, pallet jacks and forklifts safely, with a 0% incident rate.
  • Enforce warehouse safety standards and perform proper package handling procedures.
  • Organized ordering and dispatching automotive parts.

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