These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Material Handlers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 12 months ago
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It’s tough to be a material handler nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a material handler isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become material handlers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many material handlers no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former material handlers to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former material handlers:

  1. Machine Operator
  2. Forklift Operator
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Warehouse Associate
  5. Warehouse Worker
  6. Sales Associate
  7. Driver
  8. Technician
  9. Cashier
  10. Security Officer

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a material handler would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former material handlers to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former material handlers:

  1. Operator
  2. Assembler
  3. Shipping And Receiving Clerk
  4. Order Selector
  5. Production Worker
  6. Picker And Packer
  7. Press Operator
  8. Picker
  9. Order Picker
  10. Forklift Driver

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Material Handlers

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed material handler under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a material handler, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former material handlers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Material Handlers

Job Title Rank %
Machine Operator 1 3.67%
Forklift Operator 2 2.93%
Customer Service Representative 3 1.85%
Warehouse Associate 4 1.41%
Warehouse Worker 5 1.14%
Sales Associate 6 0.84%
Driver 7 0.78%
Technician 8 0.73%
Cashier 9 0.72%
Security Officer 10 0.71%
Material Handler/Forklift Operator 11 0.69%
Operator 12 0.67%
Assembler 13 0.67%
Shipping And Receiving Clerk 14 0.62%
Supervisor 15 0.59%
Order Selector 16 0.59%
Maintenance Technician 17 0.54%
Delivery Driver 18 0.53%
Team Leader 19 0.53%
Truck Driver 20 0.51%
Production Worker 21 0.51%
Welder 22 0.45%
Picker And Packer 23 0.43%
Press Operator 24 0.43%
Assistant Manager 25 0.43%
Picker 26 0.41%
Order Picker 27 0.39%
Associate 28 0.39%
Forklift Driver 29 0.38%
Package Handler 30 0.37%
Shipping Clerk 31 0.37%
Quality Control Inspector 32 0.36%
Cook 33 0.34%
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator 34 0.34%
Quality Inspector 35 0.34%
Customer Service Trainer 36 0.33%
Manager 37 0.32%
Sorter 38 0.32%
Numerical Control Operator 39 0.31%
Material Coordinator 40 0.31%
Administrative Assistant 41 0.31%
Inventory Control Specialist 42 0.3%
Warehouse Supervisor 43 0.3%
Service Technician 44 0.28%
Sales Representative 45 0.28%
Production Associate 46 0.28%
Inventory Specialist 47 0.27%
Packer 48 0.27%
Warehouse Manager 49 0.27%
Operations Manager 50 0.27%
Dock Worker 51 0.26%
Production Operator 52 0.26%
Warehouse Lead 53 0.26%
Equipment Operator 54 0.25%
Operation Supervisor 55 0.25%
Manufacturing Technician 56 0.25%
Crew Member 57 0.25%
Receiving Clerk 58 0.24%
Assembly Line Worker 59 0.24%
Security Guard 60 0.24%
Installer 61 0.24%
Production Supervisor 62 0.24%
Internship 63 0.23%
Mail Clerk 64 0.23%
Laboratory Technician 65 0.22%
Certified Nursing Assistant 66 0.22%
Ship Worker 67 0.21%
Owner 68 0.21%
Production Technician 69 0.2%
Cleaner 70 0.2%
Stocker 71 0.2%
Helper/Driver 72 0.2%
Specialist 73 0.2%
Supply Technician 74 0.2%
Mechanic 75 0.19%
Machinist 76 0.19%
Inventory Controller 77 0.19%
Loader/Unloader 78 0.18%
Custodian 79 0.18%
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 80 0.18%
Handle Machine Operator 81 0.18%
Clerk 82 0.18%
Janitor 83 0.18%
Data Entry Clerk 84 0.18%
Courier 85 0.18%
Inspector 86 0.17%
Stower 87 0.17%
Substitute Teacher 88 0.17%
Server 89 0.17%
Home Health Aid 90 0.17%
Quality Assurance 91 0.17%
Repair Technician 92 0.17%
Lift Operator 93 0.16%
Owner/Operator 94 0.16%
Ramp Agent 95 0.16%
Coordinator 96 0.16%
Medical Assistant 97 0.16%
Quality Control 98 0.15%
Pharmacist Technician 99 0.15%
Order Filler 100 0.15%