MATERIAL HANDLERS load, unload, and move stock to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, and containers. Specialized workers within this group include baggage and cargo handlers, and truck loaders and unloaders. They move materials by hand or with forklifts, dollies, hand trucks, or carts. In factories, material handlers may move raw materials, parts, and finished goods between work and storage areas, and loading docks. Tank, car, truck, and ship loaders operate shiploading and unloading equipment, conveyors, and hoists.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $30,000 average per year ($14.50 per hour)
- A very large occupation (3,044,500 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (0.2% per year)
Employers hire MATERIAL HANDLERS without work experience or specific training. Some employers require a high school diploma. Employers look for people who are reliable and hard working. Handlers learn their skills from experienced workers. Material handlers need no license or certificate.