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Shipping, Receiving, & Traffic Clerks

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

Where in the Army? In the Army: Ammunition Specialist; Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist; Automated Logistical Specialist; Cargo Specialist; Food Service Technician; Medical Logistics Specialist; Property Accounting Technician; Quartermaster, General; Supply Systems Technician; Transportation Management Coordinator; Unit Supply Specialist

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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.
  • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
  • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.


  • administrative services
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


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


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Bill of lading software
  • Varsity ShipSoft Supply Chain Execution Suite
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot Technology
  • SAP Hot Technology
Label making software
  • Barcode labeling software
  • Endicia Internet Postage


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

Green Green jobs will change the work and skills needed.

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