Inventory Clerk

Keep track of a business's supplies and products.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Inventory Clerks do?

As an Inventory Clerk, you track what comes in and goes out of a specific location (typically a warehouse or stockroom). Working in a factory, retail store, wholesale outlet, or distribution center, you carefully monitor shipments that are delivered, as well as those that are sent to customers.

An Inventory Clerk reports to the Inventory Manager, providing him with information on quantities of products on hand, as well as orders placed. Your keen attention to detail is a blessing in your position as an Inventory Clerk, since miscounting one box of widgets may result in hours spent determining where the error was made.

In factory settings, you are also responsible for keeping the assembly line rolling. You make sure enough pieces and parts are available to construct the widget around the clock (or as the schedule dictates) so the rest of the team can continue working. If your counts are off or if you miss the opportunity to purchase additional supplies, your seemingly small mistake can lead to considerable amounts of money lost.

Physical strength is required, as well as the ability to walk, stand, and sit for lengthy periods. Lifting boxes of gadgets and gizmos is also part of the job, so be sure you can consistently lift at least 50 pounds. This position gives you power, without wearing a suit to the office every day.

Should I be an Inventory Clerk?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Inventory and Pricing Associate, Inventory Checker, Inventory Clerk, Physical, Inventory Control Clerk See More

    How to become an Inventory Clerk

    Inventory Clerks generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Inventory Clerk-related education!
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