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Working As A Shipping Agent

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

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping Agent 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 Shipping Agent

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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Shipping Agent Career Paths

Shipping Agent
Material Handler Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Specialist Account Executive
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Office Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Office Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Buyer Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Electrician Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Import-Export Agent Import Coordinator Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Import-Export Agent Account Executive Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Import-Export Agent Coordinator Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping Coordinator Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Coordinator Team Leader Warehouse Lead
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.8 years
Shipping Operator 3.4 years
Shipping Agent 3.0 years
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Shipper 2.6 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 1.9 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Agent
Cashier 8.7%
Agent 6.7%
Internship 5.2%
Manager 5.2%
Driver 3.2%
Specialist 2.8%
Hostess 2.8%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Careers After Shipping Agent
Cashier 8.2%
Driver 5.0%
Agent 4.3%
Supervisor 3.9%

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Shipping Agent Demographics

Gender

Male

62.0%

Female

26.2%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

French

12.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Arabic

9.1%

Chinese

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

Berber

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Ukrainian

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%
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Shipping Agent Education

Schools

Miami Dade College

13.2%

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Utah Valley University

7.4%

Florida State University

5.9%

Ashford University

4.4%

University of Florida

4.4%

University of Louisville

4.4%

Trident Technical College

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

Lamar University

4.4%

Houston Community College

4.4%

University of Utah

4.4%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.4%

The Academy

4.4%

Hillsborough Community College

4.4%

Lamar Institute of Technology

2.9%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

2.9%

Bates Technical College

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

University of Pennsylvania

2.9%
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Majors

Business

32.8%

English

5.9%

Computer Science

5.5%

Accounting

5.5%

General Studies

4.7%

Education

4.7%

Management

4.3%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Political Science

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Nursing

2.0%

Journalism

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

34.5%

Bachelors

27.4%

Associate

17.9%

Masters

8.6%

Certificate

6.9%

Diploma

4.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Shipping Agent

  1. Customer Service
  2. Cargo Operations
  3. Phone Calls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Complete customer service of packages for international and domestic shipping for both residential and commercial applications.
  • Answered incoming phone calls and email from other parts facilities as well as customers and shippers.
  • Tracked and Shipped out UPS Packages.
  • Receive packages and ensure basic data entry of tracking numbers to route without errors.
  • Detailed check on Purchase Orders to vendors to match the company's requirements, to avoid delays.

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