Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks, and Order Fillers

(NOC 6622)

in All Sales and Service

Store shelf stockers, clerks, and other fillers pack customers' purchases, price items, stock shelves with merchandise, and fill mail and telephone orders. They are employed in retail establishments, such as grocery, hardware and department stores, and in warehouses.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 165 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 5260 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available (yet overall job prospects are still considered good due to other factors). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks, and Order Fillers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 31% of Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks, and Order Fillers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $25,743. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$11.55

Median

$15.25

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,350

Minimum

$14,740

Median

$33,523

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$21.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Store shelf stockers, clerks, and other fillers pack customers' purchases, price items, stock shelves with merchandise, and fill mail and telephone orders. They are employed in retail establishments, such as grocery, hardware and department stores, and in warehouses.

Job duties

Grocery clerks and store shelf stockers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Bag, box or parcel purchases for customers or for shipment or delivery to customers.
  • Carry customers' purchases to parking lot and pack in vehicles.
  • Unpack products received by store and count, weigh or sort items.
  • Use barcode scanning equipment to record incoming stock, verify pricing and maintain computerized stock inventory.
  • Price items using stamp or stickers according to price list.
  • Attach protective devices to products to protect against shoplifting.
  • Stock shelves and display areas and keep stock clean and in order.
  • Fill mail orders from warehouse stock.
  • Obtain articles for customers from shelf or stockroom.
  • Direct customers to location of articles sought.
  • May sweep aisles, dust display racks and perform other general cleaning duties.
  • May operate cash register and computer for electronic commerce transactions.
  • May order stock.

Sample job titles

  • bag clerk
  • bakery assistant - food store
  • grocery clerk
  • grocery packer
  • produce clerk
  • retail shelf stocker
  • shelf stocker - supermarket
  • stock clerk - retail
  • supermarket clerk

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education is usually required.

Other considerations

Workers in these jobs are expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

By the numbers

Quick look

4,020

employed in 2016

44.8%

employed full-time

0.7%

self employed

34.7%
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65.3%
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29.3

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

6.2%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

43.7%

Halifax

19.5%

Northern

13.7%

Cape Breton

11.6%

Annapolis Valley

11.5%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

90.8%

Retail Trade

4.2%

Wholesale Trade

1.0%

Transportation and Warehousing

0.9%

Management, Admin & Other Support

0.7%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

40.9%

15-24

15.9%

25-34

14.3%

45-54

13.2%

55-64

12.5%

35-44

3.4%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

55-64

Top levels of education

50.8%

High school

$15,769 median annual income
24.1%

Less than high school

$9,827 median annual income
14.0%

College certificate or diploma

$13,014 median annual income
6.0%

Trades certificate

$19,033 median annual income
4.2%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Sales and Service

40.4%

High school

$12,982 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$19,514 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$9,486 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$20,807 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$18,797 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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