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Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
(SOC Code : 43-5071)
in California

Verify and keep 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. Exclude "Stock Clerks and Order Fillers" (43-5081) and "Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping" (43-5111).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20171st Qtr$16.58$12.44$15.37$19.50

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2014 - 202496,100103,6007,5007.82,840

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Designated Representative License - Vet Food-Animal Drug RetailerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board of Pharmacy
Licensing Unit
Designated Representative License - Wholesaler/Non-Resident WholesalerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board of Pharmacy
Licensing Unit

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Warehousing and Storage 1,6754.7%
Electronic Markets and Agents/Brokers 2,0053.8%
Apparel/Piece Goods Merchant Wholesalers2,2403.6%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 5,3023.3%
Employment Services 5,4153.1%
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,4592.6%
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 15,0722.6%
Misc Nondurable Goods Merchant Whsle 3,0912.6%
Motor Vehicle/Part Merchant Wholesalers 3,2432.4%
Electronics and Appliance Stores 11,7232.2%
Electronic Shopping & Mail-Order Houses 1,9552.0%
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 5171.9%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9981.9%
Electric Goods Merchant Wholesalers 6,8291.9%
Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers 7,9561.7%
Grocery Stores 14,8721.6%
Hardware & Plumbing Merchant Wholesalers2,9581.5%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,6461.4%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting7,6091.3%
Furniture & Furnishings Merchant Whsle 1,3681.3%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing1,4181.2%
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2,3121.1%
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 3,6381.1%
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,7791.1%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 2,5831.0%

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Data for Training Programs not available.

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
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.

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Alternate Titles
Receiving Clerks; Receiving Managers; Shippers; Shipping Clerks; Traffic Managers; and Warehouse Workers
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