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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

  • $30,450

    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

Shipping
Order Selector Delivery Driver Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Truck Driver Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Picker Operator Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Assembler Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Order Selector Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operator Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Picker Order Selector Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Operator 3.4 years
Shipping Checker 3.4 years
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Shipping Support 3.3 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Shipping Agent 3.1 years
Shipping Inspector 3.0 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Material Handler 2.4 years
Shipper 2.3 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Receiver 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 2.0 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping Helper 1.9 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 12.8%
Cook 4.3%
Driver 3.3%
Manager 2.9%
Supervisor 2.9%
Assembler 2.8%
Stocker 2.7%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.0%
Driver 4.5%
Assembler 4.1%
Cook 3.5%
Picker 3.0%
Operator 2.8%
Manager 2.6%

Shipping Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

28.2%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.5%

French

5.0%

German

3.9%

Italian

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Korean

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Hmong

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Indonesian

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%
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Shipping Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.5%

Houston Community College

6.2%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

5.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.6%

Kaplan University

5.6%

Glendale Community College

5.1%

Itawamba Community College

4.5%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.9%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.9%

Columbus State Community College

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Utah Valley University

3.9%

Full Sail University

3.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.9%

Mohawk Valley Community College

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.4%

Ferris State University

3.4%

El Paso Community College

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

25.2%

General Studies

7.7%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Accounting

5.7%

Computer Science

4.8%

Nursing

4.5%

Graphic Design

4.4%

Psychology

3.9%

Information Technology

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Management

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Education

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Marketing

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

46.7%

Bachelors

22.1%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Shipping

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Top Shipping Skills

  1. Production Areas
  2. Electric Pallet Jack
  3. Hand Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Moved freight, stock and other materials to storage, production areas, and loading docks.
  • Allowed use with an electric pallet jack.
  • Operated equipment such as motor vehicles, hand trucks, fork lifts and pallet jacks.
  • Comply with store security, safety, and loss prevention programs.
  • Scanned items in bins and packaged items with invoices send out to customers.

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