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Working As A Picker

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $23,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Picker 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 Picker

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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Average Length of Employment
Warp Picker 8.3 years
Hand Picker 2.7 years
Last Picker 2.6 years
Forklift-Picker 2.1 years
Picker/Stocker 1.7 years
Bone Picker 1.6 years
Picker Operator 1.6 years
Order Picker 1.5 years
Chicken Picker 1.5 years
Puller 1.5 years
Case Picker/Temp 1.4 years
Belt Picker 1.3 years
Warehouse Picker 1.2 years
Picker And Packer 1.1 years
Picker 1.0 years
Coal Picker 0.7 years
Orange Picker 0.6 years
Lemon Picker 0.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 22.7%
Packer 5.6%
Cook 3.6%
Teller 3.3%
Server 3.3%
Stocker 2.9%
Associate 2.3%
Top Employers After
Cashier 13.0%
Packer 6.7%
Driver 3.4%
Assembler 3.0%
Server 3.0%
Cook 2.9%

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Picker Demographics

Gender

Male

51.6%

Female

46.2%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.7%

French

6.3%

German

3.5%

Portuguese

1.6%

Khmer

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Polish

0.9%

Swahili

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Russian

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Italian

0.6%

Chinese

0.6%

Arabic

0.6%

Cheyenne

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%

Turkish

0.3%

Cherokee

0.3%

Samoan

0.3%
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Picker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

10.6%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

8.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

8.1%

John Tyler Community College

4.9%

Virginia State University

4.2%

Tennessee State University

4.1%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

4.1%

Midlands Technical College

3.9%

Vincennes University

3.8%

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

3.8%

Columbus State Community College

3.8%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.8%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Indiana State University

3.7%

Chattanooga State Community College

3.5%

Remington College

3.4%

University of Memphis

3.4%

Delaware State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Criminal Justice

10.3%

General Studies

8.6%

Medical Assisting Services

7.6%

Nursing

6.4%

Health Care Administration

5.6%

Psychology

5.2%

Computer Science

4.8%

Accounting

4.7%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Cosmetology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Biology

2.3%

Nursing Assistants

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

51.2%

Associate

17.9%

Bachelors

17.5%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

4.4%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Picker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Agriculture Picker Anbar KHAL Yuma, AZ Jan 11, 2016 $25,044
Avocado Picker Jaimes Grove Service, Inc. Fallbrook, CA Mar 28, 2016 $24,814
Strawberry Picker Higuera Farms, Inc. Santa Maria, CA May 15, 2014 $22,978
Avocado Picker Bartolo Ochoa Orozco CA Mar 18, 2014 $22,978
Avocado Picker Jose C. Ramirez Gonzalez Santa Barbara, CA Mar 15, 2014 $22,978
Strawberry Picker La Palma Farms, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Apr 01, 2014 $22,978
Strawberry Picker Higuera Farms, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Oct 15, 2014 $22,978
Picker Superior Growers LLC Santa Ynez, CA Jun 02, 2014 $22,978
Strawberry Picker Rodriguez Farms Inc. Castroville, CA Jul 02, 2014 $22,978
Grape Picker Martinez Farming, LLC Templeton, CA Aug 01, 2014 $22,978
Corn Picker Lowry Farms, Inc. TX May 01, 2014 $22,665
Vine-Ripe Tomato Pickers Red Diamond Enterprises, Inc. Loxahatchee Groves, FL Sep 24, 2016 $22,331
Crab Meat Pickers Frog Island Seafood, Inc. Waco, NC Apr 11, 2016 $21,371
Vine-Ripe Tomato Pickers Red Diamond Enterprises, Inc. Loxahatchee Groves, FL Sep 04, 2015 $21,267
Flower Picker Alvarado Farms Aromas, CA Nov 07, 2016 $20,870
Crab Picker Dana's Seafood, LLC AL Jun 01, 2014 $19,827
Crab Meat Pickers Graham & Rollins, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $19,639
Crab Picker Frog Island Seafood, Inc. Waco, NC Apr 01, 2015 $19,639
Crab Meat Pickers B & J Seafood Co., Inc. New Bern, NC May 11, 2016 $18,783
Crab Meat Picker IBX Seafood Company, LLC Plymouth, NC Jun 27, 2016 $18,783
Crab Meat Pickers Lindy's Seafood, Inc. Fishing Creek, MD Apr 12, 2016 $17,969
Crab Meat Pickers J & W Seafood of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 17, 2013 $17,531
Crab Picker Frog Island Seafood Inc. NC Apr 01, 2013 $16,571
Crab Meat Pickers J & W Seafood of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 25, 2014 $16,195
Crab Meat Pickers J & W Seafood of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $16,195
Crab Meat Pickers Bay City Crab, Inc. NC Apr 17, 2013 $15,736
Crab Meat Pickers Bay City Crab, Inc. NC Apr 01, 2014 $15,736
Crab Meat Pickers Lindy's Seafood, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2014 $15,694
Crab Meat Pickers Lindy's Seafood, Inc. Fishing Creek, MD Apr 01, 2015 $15,694
Crab Picker Quality Crab Co., Inc. NC Apr 03, 2013 $15,590

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Top Skills for A Picker

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  1. Customer Orders
  2. Electric Pallet Jack
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scanned and loader customer orders into truck for shipment.
  • Warehouse work and machines used such as forklifts, cherry pickers, and electric pallet jacks.
  • Keep warehouse clean and follow safety procedures.
  • Assist the pickers with discrepancies and removal of damage product, while picking the customer's order.
  • Pick apparel using a RF scan gun, pack apparel into totes, drop off totes to packer

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