Warehouse Stock Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts


Receives, stores, and issues materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard. Monitors inventory, keeps records, and compiles stock reports.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Packs and unpacks items to be stocked on shelves in stockrooms, warehouses, or storage yards.
  • Stores items in an orderly and accessible manner in warehouses, tool rooms, supply rooms, or other areas.
  • Examines and inspects stock items for wear or defects, reporting any damage to supervisors.
  • Receives and counts stock items, and records data manually or using computer.
  • Marks stock items using identification tags, stamps, electric marking tools, or other labeling equipment.
  • Verifies inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigates discrepancies or adjusts errors.
  • Issues or distributes materials, products, parts, and supplies to customers or coworkers, based on information from incoming requisitions.
  • Provides assistance or direction to other stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard workers.
  • Disposes of damaged or defective items, or returns them to vendors.
  • Cleans and maintains supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Inventory Taker -- Counts every single item in a store in order to verify the accuracy of their inventory record.
  • Material Handler -- Moves merchandise and materials through the company from shipments into the company to the production floor and shipments on its way to customers.
  • Order Selector -- Responsible for selecting, storing, packing and monitoring inventory of products or equipment for a company.
  • Parts Puller -- Puts away parts, accurately pulls parts for work orders, inspects all parts stocked and pulled and locates difficult part items.
  • Shipper/Receiver -- Verifies and keeps records on incoming and outgoing shipments and prepares items for shipment.
  • Storeroom Attendant -- Unpacks materials and ensures that shipments from vendors are accurate.