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How to Become a Stock Room Clerk

If you enjoy being part of a team in a fast-paced work environment, a job as a stock room clerk may be ideal for you.

Stock room clerks are members of order fulfillment teams. Typically found in warehouses or manufacturing settings, their focus is on receiving and maintaining inventory and distributing and shipping those items when needed.

The position takes a knack for organization and an eye for detail. It could be a good fit for candidates with the right focus and skills.

Sample job description

A stockroom clerk is needed for hire at [Your Company Name]. The duty of this role is to guarantee all inventory is overseen. This job implies several different responsibilities, one of which is transferring inventory to and from warehouses, shelves, and displays. It will usually be your job to create these displays, attempting to create an appealing product for the customer. Retrieving items from the warehouse must be done to maintain shelves and displays, so feeling comfortable on ladders is an essential quality for this job. Within the warehouse, you must have accurate data about the number of inventory the location holds. You must create and update these data sheets, to the standard the company sets. Usually annually, it is your task to create reports on all of the data, allowing the managers to find room for improvement within the store. It is your responsibility to find and report any missing or damaged items. This task begins with monitoring all incoming shipments, and constantly inspecting the inventory. On top of all this, you may have to assist clients with whatever is needed, as you walk throughout the store.

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Receive and process incoming items and materials
  • Count, sort, and account for incoming materials
  • Conduct inventory audits
  • Keep records of incoming and outgoing inventory

Education and experience

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer candidates who have experience working in a warehouse or a shipping setting.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Aptitude for counting and inventory management
  • Follow safe work practices and procedures
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Ability to lift items and stand on feet for long period

Preferred qualifications

  • Working knowledge of electronic components
  • Working knowledge of MS Office
  • Identify electronic components and values
  • Knowledge of ManEx application
  • Prefer a high school diploma or six months of stockroom experience
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods

Typical work environment

You will primarily be working in the backrooms of the retail, department, or grocery stores. You can expect your hours to be no different than the store opening or closing hours, if not slightly longer. Depending on the size of the store, you may work with several other managers to cover more. It is because of this that organizational skills are a necessity to successfully do this job. This job may require a lot of interaction between you, managers, employees, and customers. Having a basic understanding of communication will be needed to help you do the bare minimum of your tasks. The vast majority of your day will be spent on your feet, running around the store in an attempt to maintain the inventory. If you feel as though you have the skills required to manage the warehouses of a store, this may be the job designed for you.

Typical hours

The typical work hours for a stock room clerk are from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, in a warehouse setting. With materials often shipping around the clock, overtime or weekend hours aren’t uncommon, depending upon the employer.

Available certifications

As a stockroom clerk, your responsibilities usually do not require certifications to complete successfully. This does not mean, however, that this job does not have aspects to it that can benefit from certification. An example of this would be:

  • OSHA. Although there aren’t many certificates directly tied to being a stockroom clerk, there are indirect certificates allowing you to prove your worth, if not teach you how to do better in your workplace. This safety course goes over the generalized aspects of safety. This may help in several areas, whether that is reassuring your employer, learning about safety, or landing a job. 

Career path

Often, stock room clerks start with an entry-level position, but with experience, they can grow their skills and abilities and move into leadership roles.

US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook

SOC Code: 43-5071

2020 Employment734,900
Projected Employment in 2030694,300
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift 6% decrease
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift40,600 decrease

The increased use of technology means fewer clerks are needed to do the same amount of work. Examples of this new tech include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and hand-held devices that read barcodes automatically.