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Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand

Also called: Dock Worker, Laborer, Material Handler, Warehouse Worker

What they do:
Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.
On the job, you would:
  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
  • use your lower back and stomach

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$23,970
per year, on average
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