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Warehouse Stock Clerk Career Info and Education Requirements

Warehouse stock clerks require little formal education. Learn about the training requirements, job duties and salary to see if this is the right career for you.

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Warehouse stock clerks need to have a high school diploma or GED. They usually start in lower level jobs warehouse positions working their way up to these positions. Most of their training is on-the-job.

Essential Information

Warehouse stock clerks, also known as material recording clerks, are responsible for many tasks within an organization, such as shipping and receiving goods, stocking shelves, communicating with distributors and inventory control. Advanced education is not a requirement for entry-level employment as a warehouse stock clerk. Most learn through on-the-job experience. They do need to be familiar with computer software for maintaining inventory and should be able to operate equipment, such as a forklift. Physical fitness is generally a requirement as well.

Required Education High school diploma or GED certificate
Projected Job Growth 3% from 2014-24*
Median Salary $26,240 (2015)*

Sources: * U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Career Info

Warehouse stock clerks are a vital part of a logistics supply chain. They maintain inventory throughout one or more warehouses in order to keep the supplies flowing efficiently. The occupation calls for an individual who is capable of keeping highly detailed and accurate inventory records of the items contained in the warehouse.

In many companies, warehouse clerks are responsible for maintaining a written record of the condition of items received, inspecting and signing for packages, and ordering new products or merchandise. Warehouse stock clerks need to be adept with a variety of word processing and spreadsheet programs to efficiently organize inventory information. A background in data processing or information storage is often useful.

Warehouse stock clerks are often required to lift heavy objects; they may also spend a significant amount of time operating a forklift or hand truck in order to transport items around the warehouse. Building, maintaining and organizing shelves and inventory holding areas also tend to fall under the warehouse clerk's tasks.

Education Requirements

Formal education is not a requirement for most warehouse stock clerks. A minimal requirement may be to hold a high school diploma or GED certificate. A higher degree in any field may also be preferred by some employers. Traits that may aid in warehouse clerk employability include speaking and listening skills, mathematical aptitude, deductive reasoning capabilities and strong organizational skills.

Most training for warehouse clerks takes place on the job. Entry-level clerks work in the stockroom packing and unpacking goods, receiving items and stocking shelves. As knowledge of the warehouse's inventory system is attained, some of these employees will be able to transition into the role of warehouse stock clerk.

Warehouse stock clerks require little formal education and usually receive on-the-job training. The job growth outlook for these positions is slower than the job market as a whole. The median salary for these positions is around $26,000 per year.

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