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Working As A Loader/Unloader

  • 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 Loader/Unloader 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 Loader/Unloader

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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Loader/Unloader Career Paths

Loader/Unloader
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Driver
Driver/Owner Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Material Handler Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Forklift Operator Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Receiving Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Shipping And Receiving Clerk
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operator Shipping And Receiving Clerk Shipping Clerk
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Loader/Unloader Demographics

Gender

Male

84.1%

Female

13.8%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

79.3%

French

6.9%

German

2.3%

Japanese

1.7%

Arabic

1.1%

Swahili

0.6%

Russian

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%

Chinese

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Samoan

0.6%

Cheyenne

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Kinyarwanda

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Italian

0.6%

Tongan

0.6%
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Loader/Unloader Education

Schools

Hinds Community College

9.4%

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Houston Community College

6.4%

Savannah Technical College

5.8%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.8%

Thomas Nelson Community College

5.0%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.7%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.4%

Cerritos College

4.4%

Alabama State University

4.1%

Kankakee Community College

4.1%

Union County College

4.1%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.1%

Long Beach City College

4.1%

Lansing Community College

4.1%

Columbus State Community College

3.8%

Universal Technical Institute

3.8%

Essex County College

3.5%

Tidewater Community College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

22.8%

Criminal Justice

11.5%

General Studies

9.3%

Computer Science

6.3%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Precision Metal Working

5.2%

Nursing

3.5%

Communication

3.3%

Kinesiology

3.2%

Education

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Engineering

2.5%

Culinary Arts

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

56.2%

Associate

16.3%

Bachelors

14.6%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

1.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Loader/Unloader

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Pallet Jack
  3. Scan Packages
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Load and unload delivery trucks, select items to be shipped from invoices and drive delivery truck to their destinations.
  • Use an electronic double pallet jack, forklift, clamp and slip to unload up to 60 Kroger trucks every night.
  • Unload package cars, load tractor tailors, scan packages.
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures when loading/unloading merchandise to avoid damage.
  • Unloaded boxes from trailer Placed items onto palates Wrapped packages using appropriate materials

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