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Cargo & Freight Agents

Also called: Air Export Specialist, Drop Shipment Clerk, Logistics Coordinator, Logistics Service Representative

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What they do:
Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.
On the job, you would:
  • Negotiate and arrange transport of goods with shipping or freight companies.
  • Determine method of shipment and prepare bills of lading, invoices, and other shipping documents.
  • Track delivery progress of shipments.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • geography
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
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
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Mobile location based services software
  • Transportation management software
  • Web-based dispatch software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$43,770
$27,780
$69,890
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