Also known as Cycle Counter, Fluid Operator, Inventory Specialist, Quality Assurance Inspector (QA Inspector), Scale Operator, Supply Clerk, Temperature Taker
Also known as Cycle Counter, Fluid Operator, Inventory Specialist
Inventory Specialists weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records.
In addition, Inventory Specialists
Inventory Specialists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Inventory Specialists. More generally, Inventory Specialists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Inventory Specialist is $36,650, and the average salary is $38,080. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Inventory Specialist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Inventory Specialists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Inventory Specialists earn less than $26,130 per year, 25% earn less than $30,130, 75% earn less than $44,610, and 90% earn less than $52,100.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Inventory Specialists is expected to change by 10.7%, and there should be roughly 6,500 open positions for Inventory Specialists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Inventory Specialist are usually higher in their Conventional and Realistic interests.
Inventory Specialists typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Also, Inventory Specialists typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Inventory Specialist tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Inventory Specialists strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Inventory Specialists moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Inventory Specialists somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Inventory Specialists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Inventory Specialists, ranked by importance:
Working as an Inventory Specialist usually requires a high school diploma.
Inventory Specialists need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Inventory Specialists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mathematics, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Inventory Specialists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Inventory Specialists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Inventory Specialists need abilities such as near vision, written comprehension, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Inventory Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Inventory Specialists frequently use skills like critical thinking, reading comprehension, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Inventory Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
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