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Shipping and Receiving Clerk

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks Career Video

About This Career

Verifies and maintains records on incoming and outgoing shipments involving inventory. Duties include verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material and arranging for the transportation of products. May prepare items for shipment.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Administrative Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Examines shipment contents and compares with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy.
  • Prepares documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.
  • Requisitions and stores shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
  • Packs, seals, labels, or affixes postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
  • Records shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies, for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
  • Confers or corresponds with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
  • Delivers or routes materials to departments using handtruck, conveyor, or sorting bins.
  • Contacts carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials.
  • Determines shipping methods, routes, or rates for materials to be shipped.
  • Computes amounts, such as space available, shipping, storage, or demurrage charges, using computer or price list.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Receiver
  • Shipper
  • Shipping Coordinator
  • Traffic Assistant
  • Materials Control Associate
  • Order Fulfillment Specialist
  • Receiving Associate
  • Receiving Coordinator


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