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Working As A Shipping Associate

  • 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 Shipping Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Shipping Associate
Technician Service Manager Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Material Handler Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Operator Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Operations Manager Terminal Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 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 2.1 years
Shipping Associate 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 1.8 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.5%
Associate 6.4%
Internship 3.2%
Server 2.5%
Top Employers After
Associate 7.7%
Cashier 4.8%
Technician 2.9%
Teller 2.9%
Manager 2.8%
Internship 2.8%

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Shipping Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

71.0%

Female

27.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Chinese

6.9%

Mandarin

6.9%

French

5.6%

German

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Dakota

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%

Russian

1.4%
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Shipping Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.1%

Utah Valley University

6.8%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Ashford University

5.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Columbus State Community College

5.1%

Brigham Young University

4.2%

Guilford Technical Community College

4.2%

University of Cincinnati

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Houston Community College

4.2%

A-Technical College

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Greenville Technical College

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

ECPI University

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.4%

Texas State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Accounting

7.3%

General Studies

6.4%

Psychology

5.0%

Computer Science

4.3%

Communication

4.2%

Management

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Marketing

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Automotive Technology

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.3%

Human Services

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

39.5%

Bachelors

31.7%

Associate

16.6%

Certificate

5.9%

Masters

3.7%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Shipping Associate

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  1. Production Goals
  2. Pallet Jack
  3. Delivery Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
  • Manned motorized pallet jack around entire warehouse.
  • Loaded and unloaded delivery trucks.
  • Maintained perfect attendance and assisted in identifying possible safety hazards in all areas.
  • Loaded materials and products into package processing equipment.

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