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Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

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Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments. Prepare items for shipment. Duties include assembling, addressing, stamping, and shipping merchandise or material receiving, unpacking, verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material and arranging for the transportation of products.

    Work Activities
    • Examine shipment contents and compare with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy.
    • Record shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies, for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
    • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.
    • Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
    • Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
    • Contact carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials.
    • Deliver or route materials to departments using handtruck, conveyor, or sorting bins.
    • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
    • Determine shipping methods, routes, or rates for materials to be shipped.
    • Compute amounts, such as space available, shipping, storage, or demurrage charges, using computer or price list.
    • Compare shipping routes or methods to determine which have the least environmental impact.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge
    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $32,610/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.68/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 34,240
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,330
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Radio frequency identification devices
    • Packaging vacuum
    • Hand trucks or accessories
    • Form or fill or seal machinery
    • Bar code reader equipment
    Technology
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Label making software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Enterprise application integration software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.