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Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

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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.

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Currently Employed: 98,300

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10,700

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.90 - $20.67

Typical Annual Salary: $28,900 - $43,000

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Examine shipment contents and compare with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy.
  • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.
  • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
  • Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
  • Record shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies, for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
  • Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
  • Deliver or route materials to departments using handtruck, conveyor, or sorting bins.
  • Contact carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials.
  • Determine shipping methods, routes, or rates for materials to be shipped.
  • Compute amounts, such as space available, shipping, storage, or demurrage charges, using computer or price list.

tools & technology

  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Form or fill or seal machinery
  • Hand trucks or accessories
  • Packaging vacuum
  • Radio frequency identification devices

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Enterprise application integration software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Label making software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software