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Working As A Shipping

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

  • $19,861

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping 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

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 Career Paths

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Delivery Driver Service Technician Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembly Line Worker Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assembly Line Worker Operator Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker Material Handler/Forklift Operator Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Operator Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Production Supervisor Production Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Picker Auditor Accounts Receivable Specialist
Receiving Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Warehouse Manager Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Technician Production Coordinator
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Order Selector Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Shipping Agent 3.2 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Shipping Processor 1.8 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.4 years
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Cashier 15.2%
Cook 5.3%
Teller 4.3%
Driver 3.7%
Assembler 3.5%
Stocker 3.0%
Supervisor 2.8%
Server 2.8%
Top Careers After Shipping
Cashier 9.9%
Assembler 4.3%
Driver 4.1%
Cook 3.9%
Picker 3.0%
Operator 2.6%

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Shipping Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

28.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.5%

French

5.4%

Japanese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Hmong

2.3%

Korean

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Carrier

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Swedish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%

Khmer

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Xiang

0.8%
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Shipping Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Kaplan University

7.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.6%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

5.6%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.8%

Columbus State Community College

4.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.8%

Glendale Community College

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.8%

Ferris State University

4.0%

Itawamba Community College

4.0%

College of DuPage

4.0%

Full Sail University

4.0%

Palomar College

4.0%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.0%

South Central College

4.0%

Southern Crescent Technical College

3.2%

Cleveland State Community College

3.2%

Fresno City College

3.2%

Brigham Young University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

General Studies

8.1%

Criminal Justice

7.9%

Accounting

5.6%

Computer Science

5.4%

Nursing

5.3%

Graphic Design

4.7%

Medical Assisting Services

4.3%

Psychology

4.2%

Precision Metal Working

3.8%

Automotive Technology

3.8%

Education

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Management

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Cosmetology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

51.0%

Bachelors

18.3%

Associate

17.1%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

1.6%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Shipping

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Product Code
  3. Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled Shipping of all products off the delivery trucks
  • Position: Shipping/Receiving -Inspection/identification of parts to blueprint.
  • Operated powered lift trucks, floor sweepers, pallet jacks and forklifts safely, with a 0% incident rate.
  • Packaged/handled materials in shipping dept.
  • Organize warehouse and work area for orderliness at all times, always wear the proper safety equipment.

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