Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand

Dock Worker, Laborer, Material Handler, Warehouse Worker

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What they do:
Manually move freight, stock, luggage, 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.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


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



  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Word processing software

  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Data entry software
  • Oracle Database Hot Technology


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

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