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Summary Report for:
43-5081.03 - Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard

Receive, store, and issue materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard. Keep records and compile stock reports.

Sample of reported job titles: Bay Stocker, Material Handler, Receiver, Receiving Lead, Stock Clerk, Stocker, Stockroom Clerk, Warehouse Clerk, Warehouse Representative, Warehouse Worker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Pack and unpack items to be stocked on shelves in stockrooms, warehouses, or storage yards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Store items in an orderly and accessible manner in warehouses, tool rooms, supply rooms, or other areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and inspect stock items for wear or defects, reporting any damage to supervisors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Receive and count stock items, and record data manually or using computer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark stock items using identification tags, stamps, electric marking tools, or other labeling equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigate discrepancies or adjust errors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue or distribute materials, products, parts, and supplies to customers or coworkers, based on information from incoming requisitions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide assistance or direction to other stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard workers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dispose of damaged or defective items, or return them to vendors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend disposal of excess, defective, or obsolete stock. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep records on the use or damage of stock or stock-handling equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and maintain records and reports of inventories, price lists, shortages, shipments, expenditures, and goods used or issued. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine proper storage methods, identification, and stock location based on turnover, environmental factors, and physical capabilities of facilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile, review, and maintain data from contracts, purchase orders, requisitions, and other documents to assess supply needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare products, supplies, equipment, or other items for use by adjusting, repairing or assembling them as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine sequence and release of back orders according to stock availability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with engineering and purchasing personnel and vendors regarding stock procurement and availability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Purchase new or additional stock, or prepare documents that provide for such purchases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise retail customers or internal users on the appropriateness of parts, supplies, or materials requested. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automatic labeling systems — Electric marking tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Sit-down forklifts; Stand-up forklifts; Warehouse forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label applying machines — Labeling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Stepladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Electric pallet jacks; Manual pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Copy machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platform lift — Lifting platforms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency scanners — Radio frequency RF scanner guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Laser scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tugger — Utility tug trucks See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Microsoft Dynamics GP; SAP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Verify accuracy of financial or transactional data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss goods or services information with customers or patrons. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compile data or documentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute materials to employees or customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach identification information to products, items or containers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Stock supplies or merchandise. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Unload materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventory records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust office equipment to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Receive shipments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store records or related materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 58% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 24% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 33% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 24% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 23% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 36% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 41% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 18% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 29% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Degree of Automation — 31% responded “Moderately automated.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
70   High school diploma or equivalent Help
17   Less than high school diploma
7   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Stock Clerks and Order Fillers.
Employment data collected from Stock Clerks and Order Fillers.
Industry data collected from Stock Clerks and Order Fillers.

Median wages (2014) $10.99 hourly, $22,850 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 1,807,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 546,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Material Recording Clerks external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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