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Become A Cargo Handler

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Working As A Cargo Handler

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $28,228

    Average Salary

What Does A Cargo Handler Do At Signature Flight Support

* RESPONSIBILITIES*include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Provide exceptional customer service.
* Observe all safety policies and procedures.
* Sort, route, load and unload packages from aircraft.
* Operate tugs, trucks, conveyors, and other freight handling equipment.
* High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
* Knowledge of simple arithmetic.
* Must maintain a valid Driver's License.
* Must be able to frequently walk, stretch, bend, and climb.
* Excellent vision and coordination.
* Ability to lift up to 50 pounds constantly.
* An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet

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How To Become A Cargo Handler

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.


There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.


Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Cargo Handler Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Cargo Handler


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Top Cargo Handler Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Forklift Trucks
  3. Sort
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured the use of safety procedures when handling packages.
  • Sorted cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Followed necessary safety and security procedures for handling and storing hazardous materials and special cargo.
  • Coordinated with air transportation clearance authority to arrange cargo diversions, accommodating priority changes with minimal delays.
  • Load and unload cargo from conveyors.

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