Stock Clerk

Keep tabs on a store's inventory.

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Salary Range
$16,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stock Clerks do?

Imagine the neatly lined shelves of your local Target, Winco, Walmart, or True Value Hardware store, and the vast array of products they hold. Each of those products starts out in some sort of manufacturing facility, followed by train, truck, plane, or ship travel to a warehouse or production facility. Once there, it’s ready for the next phase of manufacturing, or available for purchase by consumers.

A Stock Clerk is in charge of making sure all that happens. If the shelves are empty or the production line stops due to lack of parts, the blame falls on the Stock Clerk. To avoid that mark on your Stock Clerk employee transcript, you constantly stay on top of the inventory, both inside the warehouse (or backroom) and in the store aisles. You walk around with your laser gun, ready to scan any low inventory.

In addition to monitoring what is already on the shelf, you estimate what might be needed for upcoming sales, promotions, holidays, or seasonal activities. Then you place orders with different vendors, paying special attention to delivery dates. Once the merchandise arrives, you check the order for accuracy, inspect for damage, sign delivery invoices, and monitor the unloading process.

Inside the warehouse, you unpack the boxes, and place the products in the appropriate bins, shelves, or displays. You might also apply labels or prices, and typically update the computer system to represent changes in inventory.

Should I be a Stock 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

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    How to become a Stock Clerk

    Stock 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 Stock Clerk-related education!
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