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Working As A Warehouse Specialist

  • 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 Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist jobs

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Warehouse Specialist Career Paths

Warehouse Specialist
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Inventory Controller Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Forklift Operator 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
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Returns Specialist 2.7 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Material Handler 2.4 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Warehouse Agent 2.1 years
Packing Specialist 2.0 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Warehouse Picker 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 5.5%
Manager 3.6%
Supervisor 3.4%
Driver 3.2%
Top Employers After
Driver 3.8%
Supervisor 3.3%
Technician 3.3%
Manager 2.9%

Warehouse Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

77.9%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.5%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

2.8%

French

2.8%

Khmer

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Italian

0.9%
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Warehouse Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Central Texas College

9.7%

Albany Technical College

6.3%

Tidewater Community College

6.3%

Strayer University

5.6%

Trident Technical College

5.2%

Ashford University

4.5%

Weber State University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Austin Peay State University

3.3%

Columbia Southern University

3.3%

Norfolk State University

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%

Barstow Community College

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

The Academy

3.0%

University of West Georgia

3.0%

Columbus State Community College

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

30.2%

General Studies

7.8%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Management

6.2%

Supply Chain Management

6.1%

Computer Science

5.4%

Accounting

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Psychology

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Information Technology

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Marketing

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

38.8%

Bachelors

26.9%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

4.0%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Warehouse Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Business Warehouse Specialist Becton, Dickinson and Company San Jose, CA Mar 22, 2010 $90,000
Date Warehouse Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Wilmington, DE Aug 18, 2015 $75,000
Database Warehouse Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Jacksonville, FL Jul 14, 2016 $60,700 -
$87,000
Database Warehouse Specialist Aurora Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Jan 09, 2016 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Warehouse Specialist

SafetyRegulationsSafeForkliftPalletJacksInventoryControlCustomerServiceLogisticsStorageLocationsPurchaseOrdersDataEntryCycleCountsInventoryManagementHazardousMaterialRFHandTrucksStorageMethodsPhysicalInventoryPackageStorageAreasCustomerOrdersOsha

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Top Warehouse Specialist Skills

  1. Safety Regulations
  2. Safe Forklift
  3. Pallet Jacks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Labeled equipment to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Skilled in safe forklift driving and warehouse operations.
  • Received cargo by lifting and moving it using hand trucks and pallet jacks.
  • Managed stock levels with electronic inventory control process.
  • Provided top notch customer service, professional and expedient logistical support in compliance with all customer requirements and procedures.

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