WHAT DO INVENTORY ASSOCIATES DO?
In this job, counting counts. Inventory associates, also known as auditors or material recording clerks, work with company supply chains to make sure that inventory is on route, on shelves and well-stocked. They are record keepers for materials, report creators and supply trackers.
Inventory associates may work in warehouses, or at retail locations to see how materials are being sold in stores. they are good with counting, and increasingly are using handheld devices and tablets to record data. Inventory associates may work directly for a company or can work as a contractor.
HOW MUCH DO INVENTORY ASSOCIATES MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, the median hourly income for material recording clerks was $11.59, or $24,100 per year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
You must have at least a high school diploma, and it helps to have experience with computers, and some basic math skills. You will receive on the job training at most companies.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Clerical Skills: Inventory associates need to know how to type, file, and keep accurate records.
- Communication Skills: Inventory associates communicate with co-workers, the home office, and others to make sure that accurate records are being made of inventory.
- Attention To Detail: Accuracy counts. Inventory associates need to make sure not to miss any details when counting orders and taking stock.
- Math Skills: Inventory associates will be using basic math to add inventory.
CAREER PATHS FOR INVENTORY ASSOCIATES
THE FUTURE OF INVENTORY ASSOCIATES
Increased use of technology and modernization of the inventory process will mean little to no growth for inventory associate jobs, according to the BLS.