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Working As A Mover

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $21,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Mover 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 Mover

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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Mover Typical Career Paths

Mover Demographics

Gender

Male

90.9%

Female

7.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.5%

French

6.8%

Japanese

3.7%

German

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Russian

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Hebrew

0.6%

Samoan

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Czech

0.6%

Occidental

0.6%

Wolof

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Serbian

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%
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Mover Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.4%

Wake Technical Community College

7.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.0%

Central Piedmont Community College

5.6%

Houston Community College

5.1%

Austin Community College

5.1%

Lansing Community College

5.1%

Texas Tech University

5.1%

Georgia State University

5.1%

College of DuPage

4.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.7%

Essex County College

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

College of Lake County

4.2%

University of the District of Columbia

4.2%

University of Central Missouri

4.2%

Monroe Community College

4.2%

Broward College

3.7%

Calhoun Community College

3.7%

Dutchess Community College

3.7%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Criminal Justice

10.4%

General Studies

9.8%

Kinesiology

5.8%

Psychology

4.8%

Automotive Technology

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

4.1%

Communication

4.1%

Computer Science

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Accounting

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Education

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Culinary Arts

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Biology

2.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Management

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

49.9%

Bachelors

26.5%

Associate

13.8%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

2.2%

Masters

1.4%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Mover Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Movers Spike Inc. Watertown Town, MA Mar 01, 2016 $33,935
Movers Precision Moving Company Somerville, MA Jun 01, 2016 $33,392
Movers Marathon Moving Company Inc. Randolph, MA Apr 01, 2016 $32,766
Movers Safe Movers Inc. Stoughton, MA Apr 01, 2016 $32,766
Movers Spike Inc. MA Mar 01, 2014 $32,077
Mover Marathon Moving Company Inc. MA May 06, 2014 $32,077
Movers Spike Inc. MA Mar 01, 2015 $31,931
Movers Safe Movers Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $31,931
Movers Marathon Moving Company Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $31,931
Movers Isaac's Moving and Storage Inc. Philadelphia, PA Apr 01, 2016 $30,408
Mover Earle W. Noyes & Son Portland, ME Apr 26, 2016 $30,074
Movers AEM Inc. Springfield, VA Feb 01, 2016 $29,907
Movers Isaac's Moving and Storage Inc. PA Apr 01, 2015 $29,802
Mover Earle W. Noyes & Son ME Apr 15, 2015 $28,425
Mover Joe Moholland Moving VA May 01, 2015 $27,757
Mover Joe Moholland Moving VA May 07, 2014 $27,757
Movers Spike Inc. VA Mar 01, 2014 $27,757
Freight Movers Fast Freight Inc. IL Apr 01, 2015 $26,547
Laborers and Stock Movers Aable Rents Co. Euclid, OH Apr 01, 2016 $26,317
Movers AEM Inc. DC May 27, 2014 $24,877
Movers AEM, Inc. DC Apr 15, 2014 $24,877
Mover Safe Movers Inc. MA Apr 01, 2014 $24,543
Mover/Inventory Carol &Jans Moving & Storage CA Nov 03, 2010 $24,001
Mover Isaac's Moving and Storage Inc. PA Apr 01, 2014 $23,249
Line Mover Stairhopper Movers LLC MA Mar 01, 2011 $22,957
Mover Safe Movers Inc. MA Apr 01, 2013 $22,832
Line Mover Cm Excavating Co TX Mar 01, 2011 $22,748

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Top Skills for A Mover

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Top Mover Skills

  1. Office Furniture
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Storage Units
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Locate, stabilize, package, move/ready for shipment, office furniture and/or personal items.
  • Developed good customer service skills.
  • Job Duties: Move Customers possessions into and or out of their homes, storage units, P.D.F.
  • Loaded merchandise and supplies onto company delivery vehicles in accordance with specified instructions.
  • Loaded and unloaded household goods or office equipment onto trucks for transportation to new location.

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