Stock Clerks

Stock clerks receive, unpack, store, distribute, and record the inventory for materials or products used by a company, plant, or store. Approximately 1.8 million stock clerks are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Inventory Clerks, Material Clerks, Merchandise Distributors, Order Fillers, Parts Clerks, Prescription Clerks, Shipping and Receiving Clerks, Stock Control Clerks
Duties Receive, unpack, store, distribute, and track items for their employer
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Assistant Buyer or Assistant Purchasing Agent
  • Invoice Clerk, or Stock Control Clerk, or Procurement Clerk
  • Stock Clerk
  • Stockroom Helper, or Stockroom Clerk, or Stock Chaser

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