Stock Clerks


Education and Training Requirements

High School

There are no specific educational requirements for beginning stock clerks but employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Reading and writing skills and a basic knowledge of mathematics are necessary; typing and filing skills are also useful. As more companies install computerized inventory systems, a knowledge of computer science (especially database management) will be important.

Postsecondary Training

Short-term, on-the-job training is the most common method by which stock clerks learn their jobs. Stock clerks are typically trained by senior stock clerks or managers.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for stock clerks.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

No experience is needed to work as a stock clerk, but those with prior work experience will increase their chances of landing a job, getting promoted, and possibly earning higher pay.

Good health and good eyesight are important. A willingness to take orders from supervisors and others is necessary for this work, as is the ability to follow directions. Organizational skills also are important, as is neatness. 

Extra training or certification may be required for stock clerks who handle certain types of materials. Generally those who handle jewelry, liquor, or drugs must be bonded.