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53-7062.00 - Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

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

Sample of reported job titles: Dock Worker, Laborer, Line Tender, Loader, Material Handler, Merchandise Pickup/Receiving Associate, Receiver, Receiving Associate, Shipping and Receiving Materials Handler, Warehouse Worker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • 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. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers so they can be loaded. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust controls to guide, position, or move equipment, such as cranes, booms, or cameras. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide loads being lifted to prevent swinging. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wash out cargo containers or storage areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pack containers and re-pack damaged containers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Carry needed tools or supplies from storage or trucks and return them after use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shovel material, such as gravel, ice, or spilled concrete, into containers or bins or onto conveyors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect electrical equipment to power sources so that it can be tested before use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Carry out general yard duties, such as performing shunting on railway lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rig or dismantle props or equipment, such as frames, scaffolding, platforms, or backdrops, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Dollies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Lift trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Claw hanmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Power hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifting hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks; Pallet transport trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Overhead cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water hoses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wrapping machinery — Banding machines See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Machine control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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Abilities

  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position material handling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate packing or other material processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or objects for processing or transport. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark materials or objects for identification. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect cables or electrical lines. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Secure cargo. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor cargo area conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up material handling gear or equipment, such as rigging, packaging, or temporary structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shovel materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 71% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 29% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 58% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 27% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 31% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 43% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 21% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 34% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 30% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 31% responded “Less than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 39% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 46% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
70   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Less than high school diploma
5   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.74 hourly, $24,430 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 2,197,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 922,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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