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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

  • $78,000

    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 Career Paths

Warehouse Specialist
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Logistics Coordinator Account Coordinator
Account Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Legal Assistant Executive Assistant To President
Administrative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Property Manager
Asset Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Purchasing Manager Controller
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer Chief Technology Officer
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Driver Dispatcher
Dispatcher Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Transportation Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Sales Consultant Inside Sales Representative
Inside Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Warehouse Lead Logistics Specialist
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Security Officer Loss Prevention Agent
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Purchasing Agent
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse Foreman 4.1 years
Warehouseman 3.4 years
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Picker 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Warehouse Specialist
Cashier 5.6%
Manager 3.6%
Driver 3.6%
Supervisor 3.5%
Teller 3.1%
Top Careers After Warehouse Specialist
Driver 4.0%
Technician 3.6%
Supervisor 3.4%
Cashier 3.1%

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Warehouse Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

78.0%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.3%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.4%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

2.8%

French

2.8%

Hindi

1.9%

Khmer

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Italian

0.9%
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Warehouse Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.5%

Central Texas College

9.4%

Albany Technical College

7.6%

Strayer University

6.1%

Tidewater Community College

5.8%

Trident Technical College

5.1%

Ashford University

4.7%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Norfolk State University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Austin Peay State University

3.2%

Barstow Community College

3.2%

Weber State University

3.2%

The Academy

2.9%

Thomas Nelson Community College

2.9%

University of West Georgia

2.9%

Columbus State Community College

2.9%

Kansas State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

30.5%

General Studies

7.8%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Supply Chain Management

6.0%

Management

5.7%

Computer Science

5.5%

Accounting

4.2%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Psychology

3.2%

Communication

3.0%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Information Technology

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Marketing

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

38.8%

Bachelors

26.6%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

7.9%

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

  1. Safety Regulations
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process and prepare shipments including pulling and packaging orders in compliance with company safety regulations.
  • Insured warehouse was organized, safe and followed all safety procedures according to company policy.
  • Selected and stacked customer product for distribution, operated electric pallet jack.
  • Operated forklifts and other heavy machinery safely.
  • Performed a variety of inventory control and auditing activities to verify the accuracy of physical product and product movement.

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