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Storekeepers and Partspersons

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NOC:1522
Occupation:Storekeepers and Partspersons
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

Storekeepers and partspersons issue parts and supplies for use by their employer and for sale to the public. Parts clerks may specialize in a particular line of parts such as automotive parts, recreational vehicle parts, marine parts, heavy equipment parts, agricultural machinery parts, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning parts, or refrigeration parts. They are employed by manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail and wholesale establishments, mining, forestry and construction companies, repair shops, hospitals and other establishments.

Job duties:
Storekeepers and partspersons perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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 requisition orders to replenish 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.

Partspersons may specialize in a particular line of parts such as automotive parts, recreational vehicle parts, marine parts, heavy equipment parts, agricultural machinery parts, heating, ventilating and air conditioning parts or refrigeration parts.

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:

To work in these fields, 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:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three-year apprenticeship program or completion of 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 occupation, or as a warehouse worker, may be required for partspersons. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

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 remain largely the same over the next few years. 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. Storekeepers and Partspersons most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 70% 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Storekeepers and Partspersons990stable20High
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $17.50
Maximum: $32.54
Minimum: $8,055
Median: $36,684
Maximum: $58,743
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Storekeepers and PartspersonsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time89%81%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentStorekeepers and PartspersonsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern13%$37,83412%$30,581
Northern20%$35,43416%$33,660
Cape Breton11%$32,57813%$32,974
Halifax42%$39,99347%$41,209
Annapolis Valley15%$38,75713%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeStorekeepers and PartspersonsCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
15-248%x
25-3423%6%
35-4421%19%
45-5420%36%
55-6425%28%
65+4%11%
Median Age4748
GenderStorekeepers and PartspersonsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Female15%73%
Male85%27%
EducationStorekeepers and PartspersonsCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school18.0%$31,4874.7%$23,775
High school46.5%$30,19823.7%$30,074
Trades certificate13.8%$27,0505.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma16.1%$30,25834.4%$33,837
University certificate or diploma1.8%x3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree2.8%$27,53022.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx1.7%$40,672
Master's degreexx3.6%$23,407
Doctoratexx0.2%$48,614
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$41,688
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Partsperson
Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary):This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, however, a certificate is not needed to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717
apprenticeship@novascotia.ca
Useful contacts:
Supply Chain Management Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 21, Halifax CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2L4
Tel: (902) 425-4029
Fax: (902) 431-7220
info@scmans.ca
Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia
192 Wyse Road, Suite 8
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1M9
Tel: (877) 860-3805
Fax: (902) 465-5734
Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Parts and warehousing operations and maintenance technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to maintain inventory control, care for inventory, and make minor repairs to warehouse equipment.
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Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
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