Companies use stockrooms to store materials used in production and finished products that aren't yet on the retail store floor. The attendants and workers who work in stockrooms manage the inventory and deliver materials to the store or production floor. The job is labor-intensive, but these workers also have record-keeping duties.
Stockroom workers receive materials into the stockroom, issue it to the production or store floor, compile stock reports and perform inventory transactions on the materials kept in stock. They ensure that quantities in the inventory database are accurate and that orders received into the company are accurate.
Stock workers receive materials into the stockroom through receiving transactions. They verify the quantity of parts or products that arrive and the time of arrival. They enter this information into the inventory database, including the part numbers and the location of the items in the stockroom. When requested, stock workers issue materials to production or the store room floor. This may include a transaction out of the stockroom to the production floor. Some workers fill customer orders from the stockroom shelves, including packing and preparing the materials for shipment.
A stockroom worker must have basic math skills and the ability to perform simple transactions on a computer. Stockroom work is physically demanding and may require workers to bend and assume awkward positions. Workers may also be required to lift heavy materials from the stockroom shelves. Some stockroom workers must operate heavy equipment such as a fork lift or pallet jack.
Education and Qualifications
Most companies require a high school diploma for a position as a stockroom worker. Experience may be required for advanced positions in a stockroom such as supervisor.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average hourly wage of a stockroom worker was $11.99 as of 2013. This is the equivalent to $24,940 annually for a full-time job.