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Details Report for:
43-5011.01 - Freight Forwarders

Research rates, routings, or modes of transport for shipment of products. Maintain awareness of regulations affecting the international movement of cargo. Make arrangements for additional services, such as storage or inland transportation.

Sample of reported job titles: Account Manager, Air Export Agent, Air Export Coordinator, Export Coordinator, GSA Coordinator, Ocean Export Coordinator, Ocean Forwarder, Relocation Coordinator, Route Specialist, Special Services Agent

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analyze shipping routes to determine how to minimize environmental impact. Green Task Statement
  • Arrange delivery or storage of goods at destinations.
  • Arrange for applicable duties, taxes, or paperwork for customs clearance.
  • Arrange for special transport of sensitive cargoes, such as livestock, food, or medical supplies.
  • Arrange for transport, using a variety of modes, such as rail, short sea shipping, air, or roadways, to minimize carbon emissions or other environmental impacts. Green Task Statement
  • Assist clients in obtaining insurance reimbursements.
  • Calculate weight, volume, or cost of goods to be moved.
  • Complete customs paperwork.
  • Consider environmental sustainability factors when determining merchandise packing methods. Green Task Statement
  • Consolidate loads with a common destination to reduce costs to individual shippers.
  • Determine efficient and cost-effective methods of moving goods from one location to another. Green Task Statement
  • Inform clients of factors such as shipping options, timelines, transfers, or regulations affecting shipments.
  • Keep records of goods dispatched or received.
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant legislation, political situations, or other factors that could affect freight shipping.
  • Make arrangements with customs brokers to facilitate the passage of goods through customs.
  • Monitor or record locations of goods in transit.
  • Negotiate shipping rates with freight carriers.
  • Obtain or arrange cargo insurance.
  • Pay or arrange for payment of freight or insurance fees or other charges.
  • Prepare invoices or cost quotations for freight transportation.
  • Prepare shipping documentation, such as including bills of lading, packing lists, dock receipts, or certificates of origin.
  • Provide detailed port information to importers or exporters.
  • Provide shipment status notification to exporters, consignees, or insurers.
  • Recommend or arrange appropriate merchandise packing methods, according to climate, terrain, weight, nature of goods, or costs.
  • Recommend shipping solutions to minimize cost or environmental impacts. Green Task Statement
  • Refer exporters to experts in areas such as trade financing, international marketing, government export requirements, international banking, or marine insurance.
  • Reserve necessary space on ships, aircraft, trains, or trucks.
  • Review the environmental records of freight carriers to inform shipping decisions. Green Task Statement
  • Select shipment routes, based on nature of goods shipped, transit times, or security needs.
  • Verify adherence of documentation to customs, insurance, or regulatory requirements.
  • Verify proper packaging and labeling of exported goods.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Desktop computers
Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Personal computers
Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems

Technology used in this occupation:

Compliance software — IES Ecellerate; QuestaWeb TradeMaster QW
Data base user interface and query software — AESDirect *
Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Manufacturing resource planning MRP software; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; SAP software
Industrial control software — Package tracking software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Arcline ArcFreight; CargoWise ediEnterprise; Tailwind Management Systems Tailwind; TMW Enterprise Transportation Software (see all 9 examples)
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
61   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
33   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
28   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
22   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
61   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
50   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
47   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
45   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
33   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Cargo and Freight Agents.
Employment data collected from Cargo and Freight Agents.
Industry data collected from Cargo and Freight Agents.

Median wages (2013) $19.35 hourly, $40,250 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 80,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 33,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Transportation and Warehousing (93% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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