WHAT DO STOCK CLERKS DO?
Time to stock up on a new career! Stock clerks move products from the warehouse to store shelves. This could be in a grocery store, electronics store, department store, or any number of different locations. Stock clerks take merchandise that has arrived, unpack merchandise from the warehouse, check for damage or mislabeling, and get it where it needs to be. Often, stock clerks use handheld tracking scanners to make sure the right items are in the right place, and update inventory records.
HOW MUCH DO STOCK CLERKS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, stock clerks earned a median income of $21,290 annually, or $10.23 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Stock clerks need at least a high school diploma. In addition, stock clerks receive on-the-job training so that they learn the technology used, computer skills, record keeping and any tracking system that is in place in the company.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Clerical Skills: Stock clerks typically type, file and keep accurate records to track materials.
- Customer-Service: Stock clerks in stores will sometimes talk directly with customers. Being friendly and approachable while helping people find what they need on store shelves is necessary.
- Attention to Detail: Stock clerks must make sure to pick up the right items and put them on the right shelves.
THE FUTURE OF STOCK CLERKS
Jobs for stock clerks are expected to remain flat between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.