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An inventory control job description includes utilizing skills in organization and attention to detail, and having a fantastic memory - regardless of the software application a business runs. Material goods may need to be stored for long periods of time, resulting in some inventory shuffling to create space, often within a large warehouse, and thus a great memory is key. Organization skills and attention to detail are helpful when it comes to implementing and maintaining inventory control procedures. An inventory control job may require a high school diploma or higher level of education. College courses may be required depending on the scope of an inventory control job description. An APICS certification such as a CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) or CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), or an OSHA Forklift Operators Certification may be needed depending on the nature of the job. Experience with equivalent inventory control procedures in a similar environment may also be required.
An inventory job description generally involves ample knowledge of standard inventory control procedures for the industry, shipping and receiving procedures, transport, insurance, loss and breakage control, and theft control. Though inventory control procedures may seem on the surface to transfer easily across industries, consider the difference between inventory control procedures within the cattle industry and fine china industry. Cattle are live animals, must be specifically tagged, are under strict government regulations regarding health and treatment, and the impact of losing a 1200 pound live bovine can be quite detrimental to an inventory control specialist’s career. On the other hand, fine china may come from as far as China, thus requiring special packaging, strict import and export regulations, and have the added problem of usually coming in sets; the loss of a single piece may throw a wrench in the most seamless of inventory control procedures. As you can see, an inventory control job description includes knowledge of the inventory control procedures for a specific product and industry.
To get an idea of how salary ranges may vary for inventory control jobs, view PayScale's report on Inventory Control Salaries by Industry. This report provides a comparison of median salaries for inventory control clerks working in electronics, grocery, transportation and other industries. Not surprisingly, measuring an Inventory Control Clerk Salary by Years Experience shows that on-the-job experience can also have a major impact on income. Another important consideration when researching salaries is location. The chart on Inventory Control Salaries by State shows which states currently offer the highest inventory control clerk salaries.
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