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Working As A Load Planner

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $74,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Load Planner Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Load Planner

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Load Planner Career Paths

Load Planner
Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Security Officer Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Warehouse Operations Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Police Officer Security Officer
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Coordinator Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Coordinator Dispatcher Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Planning Manager Material Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Load Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

61.1%

Female

38.2%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.1%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

Carrier

34.6%

Armenian

3.8%

Latvian

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Polish

3.8%

Korean

3.8%
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Load Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.3%

Community College of the Air Force

10.1%

Iowa State University

7.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.2%

Michigan State University

5.4%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.4%

Ashford University

4.7%

Central Michigan University

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.7%

Auburn University

3.9%

Eastern Michigan University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Lewis University

3.1%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Robert Morris University

3.1%

College of DuPage

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.1%

Georgia Southern University

3.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.3%

Columbia Southern University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

40.2%

Supply Chain Management

13.1%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

Accounting

4.6%

Management

4.4%

Communication

3.4%

Aviation

3.2%

Marketing

3.2%

Psychology

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Computer Science

2.1%

General Studies

2.1%

Nursing

1.8%

Education

1.8%

History

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Project Management

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Finance

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Other

27.2%

Associate

15.5%

Masters

8.7%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Load Planner

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Top Load Planner Skills

  1. Safety Regulations
  2. Aircraft Cargo
  3. Aircraft Weight
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  • Directed ground crews in the loading and unloading of aircraft cargo or baggage.
  • Ensured compliance with aircraft weight and balance and floor load restrictions during flight.
  • Contributed to development and documentation of internal logistics processes.
  • Established procedures for passenger and aircraft clearance through international border clearance agencies.

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