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Summary 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.

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • 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.

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Tools & Technology

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
Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Manufacturing resource planning MRP software; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; SAP software
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Arcline ArcFreight; CargoWise ediEnterprise; Tailwind Management Systems Tailwind; TMW Enterprise Transportation Software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel

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Interests

Interest code: CE

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.
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.

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Work Values

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.
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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

National

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 (2012) $19.10 hourly, $39,720 annual
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
Top industries (2012)

State & National

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 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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State & National Job Banks

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