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Working As A Shipping/Receiving Technician

  • 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/Receiving Technician 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/Receiving Technician

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/Receiving Technician Career Paths

Shipping/Receiving Technician
Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Store Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Specialist Buyer
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Material Handler Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Quality Control Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Shipping Clerk Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Technician Maintenance Technician Shop Foreman
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Technician Field Service Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Specialist Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Emergency Medical Technician Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Production Supervisor Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Shipping/Receiving Technician
Cashier 9.6%
Technician 7.8%
Driver 4.2%
Supervisor 3.0%
Specialist 2.6%
Top Careers After Shipping/Receiving Technician
Technician 9.9%
Driver 6.6%
Cashier 5.2%
Supervisor 3.5%

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Top Skills for A Shipping/Receiving Technician

  1. Departmental Policies
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Picked product to fulfill customer orders* Loading and unloading of delivery trucks* Preparation of all delivery and workday documentation
  • Received incoming freight and verified part numbers and quantities against the purchase orders, then entered into system.
  • Cross-utilized in inventory control of inbound lap top computers processing repair orders and shipping to the troubleshooting department using Oracle software
  • Performed safety procedures, cleared and cleaned all debris from receiving dock area.
  • Provided customer service to disabled patients in need of custom rehabilitation care and equipment.

Shipping/Receiving Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

21.1%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

8.6%

German

5.7%

Japanese

5.7%

Swedish

2.9%

Hungarian

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Shipping/Receiving Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Everest Institute

7.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.2%

Arizona State University

6.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.8%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.8%

Central Texas College

4.8%

Remington College

4.8%

California State University - Fullerton

3.6%

Columbus State Community College

3.6%

York Technical College

3.6%

Tulsa Community College

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

Eastern New Mexico University

3.6%

Middlesex County College

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Criminal Justice

8.1%

General Studies

7.0%

Automotive Technology

5.2%

Information Technology

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Management

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

English

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Supply Chain Management

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Photography

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

39.1%

Bachelors

25.8%

Associate

21.2%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

4.1%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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