Shipping, Receiving, & Inventory Clerks

conventional interests verify records examine content shipping damage material supply shipment data prepare documents

Receiver, Receiving Clerk, Shipper, Shipping Clerk

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What they do:
Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments involving inventory. Duties include verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material and arranging for the transportation of products. May prepare items for shipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine shipment contents and compare with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy.
  • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
  • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.



  • administrative services
  • management

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • SAP software Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software

  • Warehouse management system WMS
  • WindowBook Postal Package Partner


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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