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Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

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.   (O'Net 43-5071.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Booking Clerk, Break Out Man, Break Out Worker, Bulk Receiver, Car Checker, Clerk, Cloth Booker, Container Coordinator, Crew Leader, Departmental Shipping Clerk, Disposition Clerk, Distributing Clerk, Distribution Coordinator, Express Clerk, Fish Receiver, Foreman-Shipping Department, Forwarder, Freight Breaker, Freight Clerk, Freight Separator, Fruit Express Agent, Fruit Receiver, Fuel Oil Clerk, Fulfillment Mail Clerk, Garment Sorter, Grain Elevator Clerk, Gun Repair Clerk, Inbound Ingredient Logistics Specialist, Incoming Freight Clerk, Industrial Order Clerk, Information Coordinator, Inventory Control Associate, Inventory Control/Shipping-Receiving, Lead Shipper, Logistics Coordinator, Logistics Technician, Logistics/Shipper, Lookback Coordinator, Manifest/Order Organizer-Print Orders, Material Control Associate, Material Processor, Materials Assistant, Milk Receiver, Non-Food Receiving Clerk, Order Checker, Order Checker, Packer, Processer, Order Fulfillment Specialist, Overage, Shortage and Damage Clerk, Package Sorter, Paper Control Clerk, Piggyback Clerk, Print Traffic Manager, Purchasing/Receiving, Receiver, Receiver/Laborer, Receiving Associate, Receiving Clerk, Receiving Coordinator, Receiving Manager, Receiving Supervisor, Reconsignment Clerk, Return to Factory Clerk, Return to Vendor (RTV), Route Delivery Clerk, Routing Clerk, Senior Shipping Clerk, Sheet Writer, Ship Runner, Ship/Rec/Doc Control, Shipper, Shipper and Receiving, Shipper Receiver, Shipping, Shipping and Receiving, Shipping and Receiving (Warehouse), Shipping and Receiving Clerk, Shipping and Receiving Supervisor, Shipping Assistant, Shipping Checker, Shipping Clerk, Shipping Clerk/Admin, Shipping Coordinator, Shipping Helper, Shipping Lead, Shipping Lead Person, Shipping Manager, Shipping Order Clerk, Shipping Packer, Shipping Supervisor, Shipping Support, Shipping Support Clerk, Shipping-Order Clerk, Shipping/Receiving Clerk, Sorter, Sorter Pricer, Station Baggage Agent, Stock Receiver, Store Receiver, Store Receiving Clerk, Switching Clerk, Team Leader, Traffic Assistant, Traffic Coordinator, Traffic Manager, Traffic Recorder, Traffic Worker, Transformer Stock Clerk, Transportation Technician, Truckload Checker, Vault Person, Vault Worker, Warehouse Shipper, Warehouseman, Warehousing Technician, Weighmaster Lead
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.99   $ 12.98   $ 15.58   $ 18.77   $ 22.70   $ 16.22  
    Yearly $22,850   $26,990   $32,400   $39,040   $47,220   $33,730  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.69   $ 13.90   $ 16.80   $ 19.77   $ 23.41   $ 17.22  
    Yearly $24,310   $28,920   $34,950   $41,130   $48,690   $35,820  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.11   $ 12.87   $ 15.05   $ 18.17   $ 22.11   $ 15.79  
    Yearly $23,110   $26,770   $31,310   $37,790   $45,990   $32,840  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.10   $ 11.90   $ 14.27   $ 17.53   $ 21.28   $ 14.95  
    Yearly $21,000   $24,740   $29,690   $36,470   $44,270   $31,100  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,543 1,522 -0.1% 34
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 13.4%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 8.3%
    Administrative and support services 5.3%
    Warehousing and storage 5.2%
    General merchandise stores 4.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
  • Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
     
  • Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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 Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks  updated July 2012
     


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