• Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 33,060
    $24,690 range bar $44,190
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • Hand Laborers and Material Movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials. Some of these workers feed or remove material to or from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods, and pack materials for moving.

What do they typically do

  • Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards
  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers
  • Direct spouts and position receptacles like bins, carts, or containers so that they can be loaded
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs
  • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported
  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information
  • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.4%
Job Openings 17,604

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA

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