Is the warehouse life for you?
Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
We want to help you answer that question with our new Job Spotlight monthly blog series. In this series, we will review all the basics of specific job types, from salary to duties to why people do the jobs they do.
This month’s Job Spotlight is on warehouse workers.
Warehouse workers do more than unload cargo. They lift boxes, push carts, organize inventory, and process goods. They’re the unsung heroes of our product-focused society. Everything you see in a store, everything delivered to your door; it’s all been handled by a warehouse worker at one time or another.
If you work in a large warehouse, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. Speed is the name of the game—getting everything organized for shipment as quickly as possible. In a small warehouse, work can be slower, but you’ll have a great opportunity to know the people you work with.
High school diploma or GED certificate.
Although it varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, position applied for, etc.) warehouse workers can make as much as $40,000 per year.
What Warehouse Workers Do
Warehouse workers handle a variety of responsibilities, including:
- Receiving and checking in arriving packages.
- Distributing and logging the internal delivery of the received goods into inventory.
- Processing and checking outgoing packages.
- Acting as an internal resource on delivery logistics, quality goals, and employee training.
What Companies Look for in Warehouse Workers
- Willingness to gain industry training and skills.
- Accountability and a strong work ethic.
- Experience in maintaining a safe workspace.
- Applicable experience in a similar job role, if possible.
- Experience using forklifts and pallet jacks, along with being familiar with warehousing and delivery related processes.
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S and Canada. If you have any questions about warehouse worker jobs in your area or job search in general, feel free to contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.
Are you a warehouse worker? How do you feel about your position? Let us know in the comments below!