Transport & Logistics
Stock Clerk/Inventory Officer
Stock clerks or inventory officers manage, receive and dispatch goods, and track and maintain stocks levels and inventory.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Stock Clerk/Inventory Officer do?
Stock clerks or inventory officers manage, receive and dispatch goods, and track and maintain stocks levels and inventory. This role may also be known as supply clerk or warehouse clerk.
As a stock clerk or inventory officer, you would:
- receive, store and issue goods
- fulfil purchase orders
- record and track stock levels
- monitor distribution of stock
- maintain stock records using manual or computerised systems
- draw up inventories
- check supplies against invoice and purchase orders
- undertake annual stocktakes.
Key skills and interests
To become a stock clerk or inventory officer, you would need:
- to enjoy clerical duties
- numeracy skills
- planning and time management ability
- good communication skills
- computer skills
- an attention to detail and accuracy.
Working hours and conditions
As a stock clerk you would work a standard number of hours per week. Depending on your role you may work on a shift roster including evenings and weekends.
You would be based at a desk or office, in a warehouse or stock collection area. You may be required to stand for long periods of time when you are checking stock.
How to become an Stock Clerk/Inventory Officer?
Entry Level Education
No formal qualifications are required to become a stock clerk. You would get some training on the job. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a VET qualification in business, purchasing or transport and logistics. You may be able to study through distance education.
You may also become a stock clerk or inventory officer through a traineeship in Purchasing or Logistics. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Employment opportunities for stock clerks are expected to remain relatively stable.
The increase in the use of technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and hand-held barcode reading devices in warehousing should allow stock clerks to more quickly locate an item or count inventory, leading to less workers being required to do the same amount of work. In environments such as retail stores, stocking shelves and filling orders will still require these workers.