Stock Clerks, Sales Floor

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About the Job

Receive, store, and issue sales floor merchandise. Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with merchandise and arrange merchandise displays to attract customers. May periodically take physical count of stock or check and mark merchandise.

It is also Called

  • Storekeeper Helper
  • Store Stocker
  • Store Stock Help
  • Store Hand
  • Store Clerk
  • Stockman
  • Stockkeeper
  • Stocker
  • Stock Worker
  • Stock Clerk
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What They Do

  • Requisition merchandise from supplier based on available space, merchandise on hand, customer demand, or advertised specials.
  • Pack customer purchases in bags or cartons.
  • Design and set up advertising signs and displays of merchandise on shelves, counters, or tables to attract customers and promote sales.
  • Clean display cases, shelves, and aisles.
  • Receive, open, unpack and issue sales floor merchandise.
  • Take inventory or examine merchandise to identify items to be reordered or replenished.
  • Transport packages to customers' vehicles.
  • Itemize and total customer merchandise selection at checkout counter, using cash register, and accept cash or charge card for purchases.
  • Compare merchandise invoices to items actually received to ensure that shipments are correct.
  • Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with new or transferred merchandise.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CRE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

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In 2014, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $26,400 with most people making between $17,900 and $42,590


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 63,420 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 62,470 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 1,920 replacement openings for approximately 1,920 total annual openings.