In warehousing, the term cherry-picking refers to the process of selecting specific items from an inventory. Cherry picker operators are the ones responsible for operating motorized lift vehicles and obtaining customer-based products from shelves, ensuring that they operate machines safely and that customer orders are complete every time.
Apart from the actual cherry-picking, cherry picker operators may also be responsible for operating and maintaining pallet jacks, forklifts, and other warehouse machinery. They are also typically responsible for checking documents to ensure their completeness and accuracy before orders are delivered.
An aspiring cherry picker operator needs to have a high school diploma or GED to qualify for the position. Aside from that, they also need licenses or certifications to operate cherry pickers, forklifts, and other types of warehouse equipment. Experience in a similar role is also a plus, but most employers provide training on the job for those with no formal experience.
The average salary of a cherry picker operator ranges from $25,000 to $31,000 a year, depending on their employer and level of experience.