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Employment for stock clerks is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Increased automation and other productivity improvements that enable clerks to handle more stock will lead to a decline in opportunities in some industries, such as manufacturing and wholesale trade, which are making the greatest use of automation. In addition to computerized inventory control systems, firms in these industries are expected to rely more on sophisticated conveyor belts, automatic high stackers to store and retrieve goods, and automatic guided vehicles that are battery-powered and driverless. Sales-floor stock clerks in grocery stores and department stores will probably be less affected by automation, as most of their work is difficult to automate.