WHAT DO WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES DO?
Don't confuse "warehouse" with "werehouse." A warehouse is a place where goods and materials are stored. A werehouse, much like a werewolf, is a man that was bitten by a house, and now roams the moonlit moors, howling for new shutters. Warehouse associates work to move products from shipping trucks to warehouse shelves, or from the warehouse to the store. Warehouse associates 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 and track the orders.
Warehouse associates are on their feet all day, working long hours and must be strong enough to lift boxes for full shifts. Some may also use machines like pallet jacks or forklifts to move materials.
HOW MUCH DO WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the median 2010 income for warehouse associate-type jobs 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: Warehouse asociates need to listen to what sort of orders are needed and move the right materials.
Strength and Stamina: Warehouse associates routinely pick up and move heavy objects.
THE FUTURE OF WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES
Between 2010 and 2020, warehouse associate-type jobs will increase by 15%, which is the average of most jobs, according to the BLS.