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Production and Planning Clerks

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(the occupation had a entry wage equal to or greater
than 90% of the Economic Development Region (EDR) negotiated
wage as an average of all LWIA’s in the EDR AND at
least 25 annual average job openings in the EDR);
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5 of the Regional Demands and thus was added to all
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Illinois has identified as priority [data is available
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Request (an LWIA received approval of a request to
add an occupation code to its EDR list based on substantiative
data and information supporting a need in the region).
NOTE: Only those occupations with a Source of Regional
Demand or State Wide will be eligible for incentive
bonus award under the Minimum Training Expenditure
policy requirements.

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Production and Planning Clerks - Occupation Overview

  • Duties are primarily clerical
  • Work with department supervisors and vendors
  • May work part time or full time
  • Receive training on the job
  • Earn $44,582 per year (Illinois median)
  • Earn $43,740 per year (national median)

Production and planning clerks keep the flow of work and materials running smoothly. They make sure that orders are processed on time and correctly.

The duties of production and planning clerks are mainly clerical. They review and deliver production schedules and work orders. They confer with department supervisors to determine the progress of work. Clerks also compile reports on the progress of work and any problems that may have slowed down production.

Depending on the work setting, production and planning clerks may have a variety of other tasks. They may:

  • Schedule workers
  • Estimate production costs
  • Route or deliver parts to departments
  • Keep track of the inventory in departments
  • Schedule the shipment of parts so that materials are available
  • Talk to vendors to make sure that materials are shipped on time


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