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Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers

What they do?

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

A. Obtain articles for customers from shelf or stockroom

B. Direct customers to location of articles sought

C. May sweep aisles, dust display racks and perform other general cleaning duties

D. May operate cash register and computer for electronic commerce transactions

E. May order stock.

F. Bag, box or parcel purchases for customers or for shipment or delivery to customers

G. Carry customers' purchases to parking lot and pack in vehicles

Where they find work?

1. Retail trade - 95.0%
2. Wholesale trade - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. Some secondary school education is usually required.

2. Almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers is $9.53/HR, which is below average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all labouring and elemental occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

6% of Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers are unemployed. This rate is below the average for labouring and elemental occupations.

Unemployment

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($9.53) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (6%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because tax cuts and low interest rates should encourage consumer spending.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be below average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (35%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Dealing with the public

2. Inventory

3. Databases

Part Time Workers

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


53% of Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 134,800 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 43% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be below average because of a tendency to retire at an older-than-average age (63).

Self Employed

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 0% of Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


27% of the individuals employed as Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.