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Working As A Shipper

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $47,408

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipper 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 Shipper

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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Shipper Career Paths

Shipper
Delivery Driver Service Technician General Manager
Area Manager
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Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker Security Officer Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Material Handler Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Packer Production Operator Production Coordinator
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operator Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Shipper Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

28.4%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

64.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

9.6%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.0%

French

7.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Khmer

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Nepali

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

German

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Hmong

1.0%
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Shipper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Kaplan University

9.5%

Trident Technical College

5.7%

The Academy

5.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.1%

Liberty University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.4%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.4%

Sinclair Community College

3.8%

Kirkwood Community College

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.8%

Utah Valley University

3.8%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.8%

Mt San Antonio College

3.8%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Hinds Community College

3.2%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

27.1%

General Studies

8.7%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

Accounting

6.1%

Computer Science

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Psychology

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.5%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Education

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Communication

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Information Technology

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

42.8%

Bachelors

24.0%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

4.0%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Shipper

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  1. Pallet Jack
  2. Loan Applications
  3. Delivery Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Use tools such as electric pallet jacks, forklifts, hand held pallet wrappers, and RF scanners.
  • Direct delivery trucks to shipping doors or designated marshaling areas and help load and unload goods safely.
  • Received Safety Award for initiating 3 safety procedures by identifying the problems and implementing solutions.
  • Processed incoming and outgoing merchandise shipments Replenished sales floor Maintained organization of stockroom Assisted in floor sets Shipped customer orders
  • Entered operating information into computer and printed the information for processing.

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