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Working As A Shipping Assistant

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

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping Assistant 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 Assistant

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 Assistant Career Paths

Shipping Assistant
Shipping Manager Sales Consultant Retail Sales Consultant
Business Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor Operations Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Accountant Finance Manager
Car Wash Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping Coordinator Scheduler Ambulatory Care Coordinator
Coordinator/Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping Manager Traffic Manager Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Technician
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Manager General Manager
General Manager Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Production Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Security Officer Operator
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Legal Assistant
Paralegal/Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Legal Assistant Attorney
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Office Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Shipping Agent 3.2 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 1.8 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Assistant
Cashier 9.4%
Assistant 6.9%
Internship 4.8%
Manager 3.9%
Technician 3.4%
Teller 2.7%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Careers After Shipping Assistant
Cashier 5.7%
Internship 5.0%
Server 3.6%
Assistant 3.4%
Volunteer 3.2%
Teller 3.0%
Associate 3.0%

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Shipping Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

60.0%

Female

39.2%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

18.8%

Black or African American

9.7%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.1%

French

9.7%

German

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Japanese

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Polish

3.2%

Korean

3.2%

Chinese

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%
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Shipping Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.3%

University of Oregon

6.3%

Greenville Technical College

6.3%

University of Alabama

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

University of Washington

5.0%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

5.0%

American InterContinental University

5.0%

Hudson County Community College

5.0%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5.0%

Lansing Community College

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.8%

Ferris State University

3.8%

College of Charleston

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Salt Lake Community College

3.8%

College of DuPage

3.8%

Miami Dade College

3.8%

Grand Valley State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

28.2%

Accounting

7.5%

Psychology

7.1%

Marketing

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

English

4.6%

Health Care Administration

4.6%

General Studies

4.1%

Management

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Kinesiology

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

History

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Supply Chain Management

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Computer Science

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Other

32.2%

Associate

15.4%

Certificate

6.6%

Masters

6.3%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Shipping Assistant

  1. Purchase Orders
  2. Delivery Area
  3. Customer Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with procurement to reconcile any purchase orders or any discrepancies in orders.
  • Processed customer orders, sealed boxes and maintained target productivity process.
  • Examined outgoing shipments to ensure shipments meet specifications.
  • Resolve conflicting situations of incorrect data entry associated with inventory orders or shipping information.
  • Operate dolly, pallet jack, and forklift in loading and unloading supplies & equipment; operate shrink wrap machine.

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