Storekeepers and Partspersons

(NOC 1522)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Storekeepers and partspersons sort, store and issue parts and supplies for use by their employer and for sale to the public. They work for manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail and wholesale companies, mining, forestry and construction companies, repair shops, hospitals and other organizations. Partspersons may specialize in a line of parts like automotive parts, recreational vehicle parts, marine parts, heavy equipment parts, agricultural machinery parts, heating, ventilating and air conditioning parts or refrigeration parts.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 50 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all 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. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Storekeepers and Partspersons most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 68% of Storekeepers and Partspersons who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $40,094. 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

$14.00

Minimum

$21.75

Median

$35.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$8,055

Minimum

$36,684

Median

$58,743

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Storekeepers and partspersons sort, store and issue parts and supplies for use by their employer and for sale to the public. They work for manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail and wholesale companies, mining, forestry and construction companies, repair shops, hospitals and other organizations. Partspersons may specialize in a line of parts like automotive parts, recreational vehicle parts, marine parts, heavy equipment parts, agricultural machinery parts, heating, ventilating and air conditioning parts or refrigeration parts.

Job duties

Storekeepers and partspersons:

  • Receive and sort incoming parts and supplies.
  • Store items in an orderly and accessible manner in a warehouse, tool room, supply room or other area.
  • Process incoming requisitions and issue or distribute parts and supplies for internal usage.
  • Maintain records of orders and the amount, kind and location of parts and supplies on hand using manual or computerized inventory system.
  • Prepare orders to restock parts and supplies.
  • Sell spare and replacement parts for motor vehicles, machinery and equipment in a retail setting.
  • Advise retail customers or internal users on appropriateness of parts, supplies or materials requested.

Sample job titles

  • auto parts clerk - retail
  • medical supply attendant
  • parts clerk
  • parts counter clerk - retail
  • partsperson
  • stock clerk - parts and equipment
  • storekeeper
  • tool room attendant
  • warehouse clerk - parts and equipment

Skills

You must be organized and attentive to detail. Your work must be accurate. Good communication skills are important. You need to be able to work as part of a team. Computer skills and the ability to work with technology may be helpful.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A three-year apprenticeship program or specialized training in high school and a one-year college program for partspersons may be required.
  • Trade certification for partspersons is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified partspersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Experience in a related clerical role, or as a warehouse worker, may be required for partspersons. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,110

employed in 2016

86.5%

employed full-time

2.3%

self employed

15.3%
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84.7%
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46.6

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

41.5%

Halifax

20.1%

North Shore

15.2%

Annapolis Valley

12.5%

Southern

10.7%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

42.3%

Retail trade

13.3%

Wholesale trade

10.7%

Manufacturing

7.7%

Transportation and warehousing

7.7%

Public administration

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

45-54

23.0%

55-64

18.0%

35-44

15.0%

25-34

13.0%

15-24

5.0%

65+

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

46.4%

High school

$36,631 median annual income
18.5%

Less than high school

$30,758 median annual income
16.2%

College Diploma

$37,723 median annual income
13.5%

Trade Certification

$38,977 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trade Certification

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

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

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Parts and Warehousing Operations and Maintenance Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to maintain inventory control, care for inventory, and make minor repairs to warehouse equipment.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Parts Technician

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Supply Chain Canada - Nova Scotia Institute
Halifax, NS
Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.