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Working As A General Warehouse

  • 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

  • $21,294

    Average Salary

What Does A General Warehouse 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 General Warehouse

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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Average Length of Employment
General Warehouse 2.0 years
Warehouse Loader 1.9 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Warehouse Packer 1.3 years
Warehouse Picker 1.2 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 8.2%
Teller 4.3%
Manager 3.9%
Sorter 3.4%
Clerk 3.4%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.0%
Associate 4.8%
Sorter 3.2%
Supervisor 3.2%
Driver 2.7%
Assembler 2.7%
Server 2.7%

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General Warehouse Demographics

Gender

Male

70.8%

Female

28.0%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.5%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Arabic

12.5%

Italian

12.5%

Khmer

12.5%
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General Warehouse Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

University of South Dakota

8.3%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

8.3%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

5.6%

Rend Lake College

5.6%

Indiana State University

5.6%

University of West Georgia

5.6%

Modesto Junior College

5.6%

Tulsa Community College

5.6%

Kansas State University

5.6%

Community College of Denver

5.6%

College of the Sequoias

5.6%

Santa Monica College

2.8%

Chaffey College

2.8%

Southern Crescent Technical College

2.8%

Eastern Michigan University

2.8%

Columbus State Community College

2.8%

Marshall University

2.8%

Spokane Community College

2.8%

Troy University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

20.6%

Criminal Justice

11.1%

General Studies

7.1%

Accounting

6.3%

Education

6.3%

Computer Science

5.6%

Psychology

4.8%

Nursing

4.8%

Graphic Design

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

English

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Nursing Assistants

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Management

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Writing

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

45.7%

Associate

25.0%

Bachelors

17.0%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

2.7%

Masters

1.1%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A General Warehouse

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  1. Pallet Jack
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drive (pallet jack) truck Build and breakdown of pallets lifting up to 70lbs and Ensures merchandise is marked...
  • Load or unload trucks making sure that freight processes and safety procedures are followed.
  • Monitored department performance data to identify and avoid potential risks.
  • Inventory Control Specialist with use of proprietary computer system to locate missing product and to determine if product meets company standards.
  • General warehouse; pick and pack; temporary seasonal assignments.

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