WHAT DO MATERIAL HANDLERS DO?
Material handlers work in warehouses and production facilities to move products. This might mean finding materials on the shelves and wrapping them and putting them on a delivery truck, or pulling materials off the truck and putting them in the proper shelf spot. Material handlers make sure production areas are fully stocked and have the products they need to fulfill orders and move quickly, sometimes working with automated machines or sensors to fulfill the orders.
Material handlers are on their feet all day, working long hours and must be strong enough to lift boxes for full shifts.
HOW MUCH DO MATERIAL HANDLERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the median 2010 income for material handlers was $22,560, or $10.85 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Typically, there are no education requirements, but employers might prefer a high school diploma. Training is done on the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Listening Skills: Material Handlers need to listen to what sort of orders are needed and pick the right materials.
- Strength and Stamina: Material handlers routinely pick up and move heavy objects.
THE FUTURE OF MATERIAL HANDLERS
Between 2010 and 2020, material handler jobs will increase by 15%, which is the average of most jobs, according to the BLS.