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Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

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Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

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Currently Employed: 323,400

Projected Annual Job Openings: 52,090

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.55 - $18.34

Typical Annual Salary: $26,100 - $38,200

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Typical education needed for entry: No formal educational credential

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

  • 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.
  • Stack cargo in locations, such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.
  • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
  • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
  • Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers, so they can be loaded.
  • Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
  • Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.

tools & technology

  • Dollies
  • Forklifts
  • Pallet trucks
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Wrapping machinery

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Inventory management software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software