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Inventory / Supply Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Inventory or Supply Specialist specializes in tracking and managing inventory and supplies to improve production or distribution at a company or organization. Manages purchase orders, or distribution of materials between different centers of a large company.

Job Outlook

There were 2298 Inventory / Supply Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 73592 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Inventory / Supply Specialist industry, which includes the Inventory / Supply Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Inventory / Supply Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,423.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $40,533.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Inventory / Supply Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $34,636.

Education and Experience

Posted Inventory / Supply Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree6.78%
Bachelor's Degree12.16%
Master's Degree4.07%
Doctoral Degree0.88%
Other49.02%

Posted Inventory / Supply Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years77.25%
3 to 5 years20.18%
6 to 8 years1.65%
9+ years0.93%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Inventory / Supply Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (36.62%)
  • Management (33.33%)
  • Customer Service (32.82%)
  • Operations (26.6%)
  • Sales (26.54%)
  • Detail Oriented (24.56%)
  • Leadership (17.48%)
  • Lifting Ability (14.65%)
  • Microsoft Excel (13.05%)
  • Multitasking (12.41%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Inventory Management (36.56%)
  • Inventory Control (32.27%)
  • Merchandising (28.93%)
  • Warehousing (38.84%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Medical Prescription (9.34%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (2.02%)
  • Purchasing (15.66%)
  • Auditing (21.75%)
  • Point Of Sale (10.02%)
  • Procurement (6.64%)
  • Forklift Truck (10.7%)
  • SAP Applications (5.6%)
  • Physical Inventory (21.92%)
  • Safety Training (9.17%)
  • Cycle Counting (21.96%)
  • Asset Protection (9.05%)
  • Merchandise Returns (9.87%)
  • Planogram (10.42%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (15.38%)
  • Supply Chain (9.5%)
  • Warehouse Management Systems (3.87%)
  • Pallet Jacks (8.65%)
  • Invoicing (16.01%)
  • Inventory Management System (19.08%)
  • Cash Handling (8.89%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Package Delivery (8.5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Inventory / Supply Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Inventory Specialist
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Inventory Supervisor
  • Inventory Coordinator
  • Supply Technician
  • Sales Service Representative/Merchandiser/Order Writer
  • Inventory Technician
  • Inventory Control Coordinator
  • Replenishment Buyer
  • Materials Specialist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Inventory / Supply Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Walgreens Boots Alliance (4908)
  • Mondelez International (2429)
  • Whole Foods (1857)
  • WIS International (1747)
  • Crossmark (1467)
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (1073)
  • Randstad (1048)
  • Copart (957)
  • JOANN (908)
  • Pics Inventory Specialists (751)

North Carolina

  • Walgreens Boots Alliance (172)
  • Mondelez International (79)
  • Whole Foods (57)
  • WIS International (50)
  • Pics Inventory Specialists (46)
  • Randstad (43)
  • Advance Auto Parts (31)
  • Lowe's (31)
  • Copart (30)
  • Staples (24)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!