Job Spotlight: Materials Handler

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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?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Materials Handler

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re stocking our career knowledge banks with some information about material handler positions. Responsibilities include unloading product deliveries, packaging all finished goods, stocking each line with proper materials, cleaning the production floor, and loading and unloading trucks.

Required Education

  • No formal education required.


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), materials handlers can make $13 an hour, on average.

What Materials Handlers Do:

Materials Handlers deal with a variety of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Working closely with the Job inventory group to monitor supply levels
  • Loading and unloading delivery trucks
  • Packaging all finished goods as specified by work orders
  • Maintaining a clean production floor
  • Passing down all ongoing activities to the oncoming shift

What Companies Look for in Materials Handlers

Every position is different, but many companies need the following skills and attributes:

  • Ability to work individually and in a team setting
  • Ability to lift loads of 60 lbs. several times per shift
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to stand/walk for most your shift

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

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 materials handler jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

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