Warehouse associates/drivers are employees who are responsible for the day-to-day operations involving the loading and unloading of warehouse inventory. These individuals are trained in running forklifts and other machinery and are required to manage incoming inventory, as well as plan for product deliveries to customers. Also, warehouse associates/drivers must adhere to strict safety and quality standards, coordinate with upper management, inspect shipped items for damage, as well as scan and organize inventory.
Other duties involve keeping records on incoming and outgoing shipments, as well as addressing, stamping, and unpacking shipping merchandise, and coordinating customer pick up and delivery. Most drivers have experience in the use of forklifts and cranes, can drive trucks and vans, and may be required to lift more than fifty lbs. Skills involve excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as proficiency in using paper maps or GPS systems for directions.
Although an advanced degree is not required for a career as a warehouse associate/driver, some states may require specific licensing to operate heavy machinery and drive trucks. Most warehouse associates can earn up to $29,000 annually, and job growth in this field is projected to reach 3% by 2029.