Stock clerks handle, move, organize and put merchandise on shelves or other displays. They are responsible for ensuring that products received from distributors are available to customers. Typical job duties include:
- Transporting merchandise from the stockroom to the sales floor
- Arranging merchandise neatly on shelves or racks
- Returning unsold merchandise to the stockroom
- Using hand-held scanners and computers to track inventory
About 80 percent of stock clerks work in wholesale or retail trades, especially in department stores and supermarkets. Individuals seeking this kind of work should be honest and be able to work well without direct supervision. They need to be capable of displaying merchandise neatly, and able to assist customers who have questions.
Stock clerks move products from the warehouse to store shelves. They are responsible for receiving merchandise and unloading or unpacking it. The position may involve heavy lifting and stocking shelves.
The recommended education and training includes well-developed skills in reading, writing and business arithmetic. On-the-job training is commonly provided to learn the technology and any tracking system that is being used by the company. A high-school diploma is preferred. Earnings usually range between $11 and $15 per hour. (Salary data is based on information from PayScale.com and varies based on experience.)