Package Handler

About the job: Package handlers held about 3.9 million jobs in 2016. Their overall employment is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Job prospects should be good because of the need to replace workers who leave these jobs.

Where will you work: Usually, Package handlers work full time, and because materials are shipped around the clock, some, especially those in warehousing.

What will you do: Package handlers usually manually pack materials from one place to another, pack or wrap products, and keep a record of the material they move, coordinate with operator in moving or transporting materials. Make the vehicle, equipment, and work area clean.

How to become Package Handler: No formal education is required, and most positions require less than 1 month on-the-job training.

Job skills/requirements: Important Qualities required are:

  • Customer Service Skills
  • Hand-eye Coordination
  • Attentive Listening
  • Physical Strength and can Work for Longer Hours

Industry: Logistics

Minimum age: Generally 16+

Expected wage: $13.11 per hour

Similar name: Hand Laborers, Material Movers

Related jobs: Movers, Delivery workers, Construction workers, Moving Operator

O-NET Online Reference
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