Summary Report for:
43-5111.00 - Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping
Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature. Includes workers who collect and keep record of samples of products or materials.
Sample of reported job titles: Cycle Counter, Inventory Specialist, Lab Technician, Material Control Manager, Quality Assurance Lab Technician, Quality Control Lab Technician, Quality Control Operator, Quality Control Technician, Scale Operator, Supply Clerk
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- Collect or prepare measurement, weight, or identification labels and attach them to products.
- Document quantity, quality, type, weight, test result data, and value of materials or products to maintain shipping, receiving, and production records and files.
- Compare product labels, tags, or tickets, shipping manifests, purchase orders, and bills of lading to verify accuracy of shipment contents, quality specifications, or weights.
- Count or estimate quantities of materials, parts, or products received or shipped.
- Weigh or measure materials, equipment, or products to maintain relevant records, using volume meters, scales, rules, or calipers.
- Communicate with customers and vendors to exchange information regarding products, materials, and services.
- Compute product totals and charges for shipments.
- Collect product samples and prepare them for laboratory analysis or testing.
- Unload or unpack incoming shipments.
- Operate scalehouse computers to obtain weight information about incoming shipments such as those from waste haulers.
- Fill orders for products and samples, following order tickets, and forward or mail items.
- Sort products or materials into predetermined sequences or groupings for display, packing, shipping, or storage.
- Signal or instruct other workers to weigh, move, or check products.
- Maintain financial records, such as accounts of daily collections and billings, and records of receipts issued.
- Store samples of finished products in labeled cartons and record their location.
- Remove from stock products or loads not meeting quality standards, and notify supervisors or appropriate departments of discrepancies or shortages.
- Maintain, monitor, and clean work areas, such as recycling collection sites, drop boxes, counters and windows, and areas around scale houses.
- Inspect incoming loads of waste to identify contents and to screen for the presence of specific regulated or hazardous wastes.
- Examine products or materials, parts, subassemblies, and packaging for damage, defects, or shortages, using specification sheets, gauges, and standards charts.
- Transport materials, products, or samples to processing, shipping, or storage areas, manually or using conveyors, pumps, or hand trucks.
- Prepare measurement tables and conversion charts, using standard formulas.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Animal weighing scales — Livestock scales
- Articulating boom lift — Cherry pickers
- Automatic selective scale — Automatic bulk weighing systems
- Axle load scales
- Bar code printer — Label printers
- Bench scales — Computerized scales
- Conveyor weighting scale — Belt conveyor scales
- Crane scale — Crane scales
- Desktop calculator — Calculators
- Distance meters — Cordage measurers
- Facial shields
- Flowmeters — Mass flow meters
- Forklifts — Warehouse forklifts
- Grain analyzers
- Hand trucks or accessories — Industrial trucks
- Hopper scale — Hopper scales
- Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals
- Manlift or personnel lift — High lifts; Order selectors
- Moisture meters — Grain moisture meters
- Overhead crane — Electric overhead traveling crane EOT
- Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks
- Personal computers
- Protective coveralls
- Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency RF scanners
- Safety glasses
- Safety shoes
- Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts
- Tablet computers
- Triple beam balances — Beam scales
- Truck or rail scales — Monorail scales; Railway track scales
- Two way radios — Two-way radios
- Water meters — Milk meters; Vehicle tank meters
- Wire cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Root cause analysis software
- Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Infor ERP Baan; Microsoft Dynamics AX; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; SAP software (see all 5 examples)
- Inventory management software — Inventory software; Warehouse management system WMS software
- Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Materials resource planning MRP software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Detailed Work Activities
- Discuss goods or services information with customers or patrons.
- Calculate costs of goods or services.
- Package objects for shipping.
- Maintain financial or account records.
- Deliver items.
- Operate computers or computerized equipment.
- Send information, materials or documentation.
- Calculate shipping costs.
- Attach identification information to products, items or containers.
- Unload materials or equipment.
- Prepare informational or reference materials.
- Record production information.
- Store items.
- Inspect shipments to ensure correct order fulfillment.
- Provide information to coworkers.
- Sort materials or products.
- Inspect items for damage or defects.
- Clean facilities or equipment.
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 79% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 45% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 48% responded “Extremely important.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 53% responded “Very important results.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 55% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 57% responded “Extremely important.”
- Telephone — 71% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Extremely important.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 40% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 53% responded “40 hours.”
- Deal With External Customers — 48% responded “Extremely important.”
- Electronic Mail — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Letters and Memos — 36% responded “Every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Very important.”
- Physical Proximity — 50% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 56% responded “Limited freedom.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 36% responded “Some freedom.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 49% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 28% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 30% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 46% responded “More than half the time.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 35% responded “About half the time.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|60||High school diploma or equivalent|
|23||Some college, no degree|
Interest code: CR
- 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.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- 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.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$13.74 hourly, $28,570 annual|
|Employment (2014)||71,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||21,100|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Material recording clerks . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.