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Working As A Material Handler/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

  • $22,387

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Handler/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 Material Handler/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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Material Handler/Warehouse Career Paths

Material Handler/Warehouse
Delivery Driver Service Technician General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Night Auditor Front Desk Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assembler Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler/Forklift Operator Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Maintenance Supervisor Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Shipping Lead Shipping Supervisor
Receiving Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Operator Shipping And Receiving Clerk
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Warehouse Manager Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assembler Shipping Clerk
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler/Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Material Handler 2.3 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Material Handler/Warehouse
Cashier 6.4%
Supervisor 3.2%
Driver 3.1%
Assembler 2.7%
Custodian 2.5%
Teller 2.4%
Painter 2.4%
Top Careers After Material Handler/Warehouse
Driver 4.8%
Assembler 2.9%
Operator 2.7%
Technician 2.4%

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Material Handler/Warehouse Demographics

Gender

Male

80.9%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Swahili

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Yoruba

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Tagalog

2.3%

Korean

2.3%

Thai

2.3%
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Material Handler/Warehouse Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Liberty University

7.7%

Austin Community College

6.6%

American InterContinental University

6.6%

Trident Technical College

5.5%

Alabama A & M University

5.5%

Idaho State University

5.5%

The Academy

4.4%

Remington College

4.4%

Arkansas State University

3.3%

Guilford Technical Community College

3.3%

National Institute of Technology

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Kirkwood Community College

3.3%

Hennepin Technical College

3.3%

Palm Beach State College

3.3%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.3%

Global University

3.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.3%

Lehigh Carbon Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

27.1%

General Studies

9.4%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Computer Science

5.7%

Liberal Arts

4.7%

Automotive Technology

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Education

3.9%

Management

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Communication

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Supply Chain Management

2.9%

Precision Metal Working

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

47.9%

Bachelors

20.6%

Associate

15.7%

Certificate

7.8%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

3.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Material Handler/Warehouse

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Storage
  3. Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Pull orders to pick list using FIFO rotation and load delivery trucks.
  • Located and transported inventory from auxiliary storage areas to replenish bins and facilitate the order-filling process.
  • Operated material handling equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, hand trucks or dollies to move stock or reorganize storage.
  • Follow safety procedures and regulations, including wearing special protective gear and disposing of materials as regulated by law
  • Research customer complaints regarding shipping discrepancies and reconcile customer orders and inventory levels.

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