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Shipping, Receiving, & Traffic Clerks

Also called: Receiving Clerk, Shipper, Shipping Clerk, Shipping and Receiving Clerk

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What they do:
Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments. Prepare items for shipment. Duties include assembling, addressing, stamping, and shipping merchandise or material; receiving, unpacking, verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material; and arranging for the transportation of products.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine shipment contents and compare with records such as manifests, invoices, or orders to verify accuracy.
  • Record shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
  • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.

Knowledge

Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • ADi SmartBOL
  • eLading Bill of Lading Software
Label making software
  • Barcode labeling software
  • Endicia Internet Postage
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Exact MAX
  • SAP software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$29,010
per year, on average
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