WHAT DO ORDER PICKERS DO?
You can pick to be a picker or you can be picked to be a picker, but if you work for a company that makes guitar picks, pickles or hockey pucks, make sure they pick you to be the perfect puck, pick and pickle picker. Order pickers work in warehouses and production facilities. They look at incoming material orders , find those materials on the shelves and deliver them to the loading area to wrapped and put on a delivery truck. In some jobs, order pickers only deliver to the loading dock, and in other jobs, order pickers may be in charge of wrapping and putting on trucks as well. Order pickers often work with handheld electronic devices automated machines like pallet jacks or sensors to fulfill the orders.
Order pickers are on their feet all day, working long hours and must be strong enough to lift boxes for full shifts.
HOW MUCH DO ORDER PICKERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the median 2010 income for material handlers such as order pickers 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, but prior experience with pallet jacks or forklifts might help you get the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Listening Skills: Order pickers need to listen to what sort of orders are needed and pick the right materials.
- Strength and Stamina: Order pickers routinely pick up and move heavy objects.
THE FUTURE OF ORDER PICKERS
Order picker jobs will increase on pace with average American job growth, according to the BLS.