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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

  • $28,000

    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

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Material Handler Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Specialist Account Executive
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker Quality Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker Processor Accountant
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Picker Auditor Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Shipping Clerk Logistics Coordinator
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Auditor Operation Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Operator Electrician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
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$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Technical Needs North
Highest Paying City
Haverhill, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Shipper make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Shipper in the United States is $28,990 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $41,000.

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Top Skills for A Shipper

  1. Production Areas
  2. Pallet Jack
  3. Hand Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reorder parts with department supervisors to determine, locate and distributed materials to specified production areas.
  • Operated powered lift trucks, pallet jacks and forklifts safely, with a 0% incident rate.
  • Loaded, unloaded live and commercial trucks using forklifts, manual pallets, hand trucks, side loaders, and tugs.
  • Received Safety Award for initiating 3 safety procedures by identifying the problems and implementing solutions.
  • Operate forklift, load/unload trucks, communicate with delivery drivers, complete applicable paperwork, and inventory incoming and outgoing product.

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Top 10 Best States for Shippers

  1. Alaska
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Vermont
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Massachusetts
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Kentucky
  10. North Dakota
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Shipper Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 8,699 Shipper resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Shipper Demographics

Gender

Male

64.8%

Female

25.8%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

65.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

5.5%

Arabic

3.4%

Japanese

2.8%

Khmer

2.1%

German

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Swedish

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Thai

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%

Portuguese

0.7%

Nepali

0.7%

Chinese

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Dari

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Armenian

0.7%
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Shipper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.2%

The Academy

8.0%

Kaplan University

7.6%

Strayer University

4.1%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.1%

Kent State University

4.1%

Trident Technical College

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Universal Technical Institute

3.8%

Massasoit Community College

3.5%

Baker College

3.5%

Utah Valley University

3.5%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.2%

Sinclair Community College

3.2%

Utah State University

3.2%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.2%

Saint Petersburg College

3.2%

Glendale Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

26.5%

General Studies

9.2%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Accounting

5.0%

Health Care Administration

4.6%

Computer Science

4.3%

Medical Assisting Services

4.1%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Psychology

3.7%

Management

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Education

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Nursing

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Precision Metal Working

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

42.4%

Bachelors

23.1%

Associate

19.4%

Certificate

7.2%

Diploma

4.4%

Masters

2.6%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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