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Working As A Freight Associate

  • 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

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Freight Associate Do

Hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials. Others feed or remove material to or from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods, and pack materials for moving.

Duties

Hand laborers and material movers typically do the following:

  • Manually move material from one place to another
  • Pack or wrap products by hand
  • Keep a record of the material they move
  • Signal machine operators who help move material
  • Clean cars, equipment, and workplaces

In warehouses and wholesale and retail operations, hand laborers and material movers work closely with material moving machine operators and material recording clerks. Some workers are employed in manufacturing industries, where they load material onto conveyor belts or other machines.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment wash automobiles and other vehicles, as well as storage tanks, pipelines, and related machinery. They use cleaning products, vacuums, hoses, and brushes. Most of these workers clean cars at a car wash, an automobile dealership, or a rental agency. Some clean industrial equipment at manufacturing firms. Some—for example, those who work at a car wash—interact with customers.

Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Although their specific duties may vary, most of these movers, often called pickers, work in warehouses. Some workers retrieve products from storage and move them to loading areas. Other workers load and unload cargo from a truck. When moving a package, pickers keep track of the package number, sometimes with a hand-held scanner, to ensure proper delivery. Sometimes they open containers and sort the material.

Hand packers and packagers package a variety of materials by hand. They may label cartons, inspect items for defects, and keep records of items packed. Some of these workers pack materials for shipment and move them to a loading dock. Many hand packers are employed by grocery stores, where they bag groceries for customers at checkout.

Machine feeders and offbearers process materials by feeding them into equipment or by removing them from equipment. The equipment is generally operated by other workers, such as material moving machine operators. Machine feeders and offbearers help the operator if the machine becomes jammed or needs minor repairs. Machine feeders track the amount of material they process during a shift.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables from homes and businesses to transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Many collectors lift garbage cans by hand and empty them into their truck. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route. When collecting materials from a dumpster, drivers use a hydraulic lift to empty the contents of the dumpster into their truck.

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How To Become A Freight Associate

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.

Education

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

Training

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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Freight Associate Career Paths

Freight Associate
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Dispatcher Operation Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Assistant Branch Manager
Branch Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Crew Member General Manager Account Executive
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Operation Supervisor General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Operations Manager Business Manager
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Sales Consultant Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Warehouse Supervisor Distribution Manager
Distribution Warehouse Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Security Officer Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Driver
Driver/Owner Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Route Sales Person Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Security Officer Loss Prevention Agent
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Service Technician General Manager
Owner/Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Driver/Owner Operator Route Driver
Route Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Merchandiser Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Freight Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

69.8%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.8%

French

5.6%

German

4.2%

Japanese

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Portuguese

1.4%

Slovene

1.4%

Hawaiian

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Dakota

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Tagalog

1.4%
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Freight Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

Kaplan University

7.5%

Valencia College

6.0%

Montgomery College

6.0%

Liberty University

6.0%

Florida State University

5.3%

Northern Arizona University

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.5%

College of Southern Nevada

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.5%

Lansing Community College

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Boise State University

3.8%

Delgado Community College

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

College of Southern Idaho

3.8%

Bakersfield College

3.8%

Central Connecticut State University

3.8%

Youngstown State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

23.3%

Criminal Justice

10.4%

General Studies

7.1%

Accounting

6.2%

Computer Science

5.0%

Psychology

4.9%

Communication

4.3%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Nursing

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

History

2.9%

Biology

2.6%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Management

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.5%

Bachelors

30.9%

Associate

18.2%

Certificate

5.0%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Freight Associate

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Stock Shelves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received and processed new merchandise, assisted in setting up floor layout for renovated location through use of plan-o-grams
  • Ensured sales floor was a clean, neat, orderly work area to promote a pleasant and safe shopping environment.
  • Restock shelves and organize products to get the store ready for the next day.
  • Recognized by Management for outstanding organizing skills and customer service work.
  • Unloaded delivery trucks in receiving for inventory acceptance.

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