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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

  • $29,000

    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
Machine Operator Correction Officer Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Truck Driver Operations Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Account Manager
Key Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Account Manager Business Developer
Lead Generator
5 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Logistics Coordinator Supply Technician
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Technician
Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher 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 2.1 years
Shipping Associate 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 1.8 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Associate
Cashier 9.5%
Associate 6.4%
Internship 3.2%
Server 2.5%
Top Careers After Shipping Associate
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

  1. Pallet Jack
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Picked orders using RF scanners and/ or electronic tablets and mobilizing them on pallets while using a pallet jack.
  • Secured orders onto pallets and followed safety procedures to load the pallets onto the trucks for deliveries.
  • Demonstrated excellence in customer service and public relations to promote a positive image.
  • Count merchandise and load on delivery trucks with pallet jack.
  • Performed domestic and international shipping, including order processing, shipment preparation and loading trucks.

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