People from all walks of life and at any career stage can benefit from utilizing the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). Whether one is making the first foray into the job market or considering a shift later in life, insights from the Strong Interest Inventory Assessment can help point the individual in the right direction. First, it evaluates personal preferences relating to vocational options and then compares that analysis to a database containing responses from professionals working in various careers. For instance, the Strong Interest Inventory considers whether one prefers solving mathematical problems or creating something new from scratch and whether one prefers to work independently or collaboratively. The interest inventory uses dozens of such preferences to whittle away at the possibilities and identify careers that might be a good fit for the individual who is on the job market. In addition, the Strong Interest Inventory also highlights at least one category of professions: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Conventional careers typically involve being responsible for a defined set of tasks or procedures within a structured environment. Stockers and Order Fillers fall into this category.

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Read about a career as a Stockers and Order Fillers, including information such as Stockers and Order Filler’s salary, daily tasks, and other career information.

Stockers and Order Fillers are responsible for maintaining a business’s inventory and ensuring that goods are in the right place at the right time. They may receive, store, issue, or transport equipment, merchandise, or other items from stockrooms, warehouses, or other storage facilities. These items are then used to fill retail spaces like shelves, bins, cases, racks, displays, and tables or to fill customers’ orders directly. Throughout this process, Stockers and Order Fillers need acute attention to detail. For instance, before they accept an order, they need to confirm that the items in the shipment match the orders in number, size, quantity, color, material, and other characteristics. They may also need to attach or change price tags, maintain an organized warehouse, label and track inventory, pack customer orders, transport orders to customers’ vehicles, and identify any items that need to be restocked or replenished. Once an order is complete, Stockers and Order Fillers may need to complete a receipt for the order and maintain a record of the transaction.

Periodically, Stockers and Order Fillers may need to conduct a full inventory, including counting items in stock and recording the numbers manually, registering any damaged items or stock-handling equipment such as forklifts or other machinery, disposing of damaged items, placing orders for repairs, or making recommendations regarding excess or obsolete stock. In addition, Stockers and Order Fillers may complete other miscellaneous responsibilities as needed. For example, they may need to answer customer questions relating to the items in stock, give them advice on the merchandise that would be right for them, or assist them with the payment and checkout process. They may also need to clean shelves, aisles, and display cases; ensure that all storage areas, equipment, and other supplies comply with safety regulations; assist or supervise other workers as needed; or promote sales and attract customers by setting up displays on shelves, tables, counters, or booths.

Stockers and Order Fillers must be in good physical shape since much of their job involves handling and moving objects from one location to another. Moreover, they should be comfortable collaborating and communicating with peers, subordinates, and supervisors. They must be able to give directions orally and in writing and follow any instructions they receive. As such, they should have a strong command of written and spoken English, as well as any other relevant languages. They should also have a basic understanding of standard office hardware and software, including database user interface software (e.g., data entry software, Microsoft Access), enterprise resource planning software (e.g., SAP business and customer relations management software, Microsoft Dynamics), and standard operating systems and office programs (e.g., word processors, spreadsheet software, e-mail, and web browsers).

Most Stockers and Order Fillers learn their job responsibilities during their training and onboarding process. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 57% of Stockers and Order Fillers hold a high school diploma or equivalent, 30% have completed some college without earning a degree, and 8% never finished high school.

The median salary for Stockers and Order Fillers in the United States is $30,110 annually, which comes to about $14.48 hourly. This rate varies slightly depending on geographic location, but the range is typically between $20,000 and $40,000 per year, though the highest-paid 10% of workers in high-cost-of-living states like New York and California might approach $47,000.

Below are some employment trends for Stockers and Order Fillers:

  • Median Salary: $30,110 annually; $14.48 hourly
  • Employment: 2,223,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2020-2030): Slower than average (1% – 5%)
  • Projected job openings (2020-2030): 360,500
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2018-2028 employment projections]

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