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Freight & Cargo Inspectors

Also called: Marine Cargo Surveyor, Marine Surveyor, Petroleum Inspector, Surveyor

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Inspect the handling, storage, and stowing of freight and cargoes.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and submit reports after completion of freight shipments.
  • Inspect shipments to ensure that freight is securely braced and blocked.
  • Record details about freight conditions, handling of freight, and any problems encountered.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software Hot Technology
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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