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Inventory control workers

OaSIS code 14403.02

Inventory control workers compile and maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock, and monitor inventory levels.

Overview

Also known as

  • Inventory analyst
  • Inventory control clerk
  • Inventory planner

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Monitor inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within an establishment or sold to the public using manual or computerized inventory systems
  • Compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand, using manual or computerized inventory systems
  • Prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock
  • Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock
  • Enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments
  • Reconcile physical inventories with computer counts.

Additional information

  • The duties of purchasing and inventory control workers may overlap in some establishments.
  • Progression to supervisory positions or more senior occupations such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)
  • Storekeepers and partspersons (14401)
  • Retail and wholesale buyers (62101)
  • Inventory clerks supervisor (in 12013.00 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

1 – Business, finance and administration occupations

TEER

4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training

Major group

14 – Administrative and financial support and supply chain logistics occupations

Sub-major group

144 – Supply chain logistics, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations

Minor group

1440 – Supply chain logistics, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations

Unit group

14403 – Purchasing and inventory control workers

Occupational profile

14403.02 – Inventory control workers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level
Performing General Physical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Planning and Organizing
3 - Moderate Level
Processing Information
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
2 - Low Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Retail establishments
  • Wholesale companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Manual Dexterity
3 - Moderate Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
2 - Low Level
Control of Settings
2 - Low Level
Depth Perception
2 - Low Level
Far Vision
2 - Low Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Management of Material Resources
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating
2 - Low Level
Digital Literacy
2 - Low Level
Evaluation
2 - Low Level
Monitoring
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Stress Tolerance
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
3 - Important
Independence
3 - Important