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Laborers and Material Movers
(SOC Code : 53-7062)
in California

Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other unskilled general labor. Include all unskilled manual laborers not elsewhere classified. Exclude "Material Moving Workers" (53-7011 through 53-7199) who use power equipment. Exclude "Construction Laborers" (47-2061) and "Construction Trades Helpers" (47-3011 through 47-3019).

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 20221st Qtr$19.16$15.37$18.51$19.81

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 2028415,900482,20066,30015.9689,980

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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
Employment Services 4,81224.3%
Warehousing and Storage 1,6287.1%
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,1383.8%
General Freight Trucking 3,7802.2%
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 14,7342.0%
Misc Nondurable Goods Merchant Whsle 2,6041.9%
Specialized Freight Trucking 11,0041.6%
Waste Management and Remediation Service2,4731.2%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting10,5321.1%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,2121.1%
Motor Vehicle/Part Merchant Wholesalers 2,7001.1%
Consumer Goods Rental 1,9861.0%
Electronic Markets and Agents/Brokers 1,6221.0%
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1,8521.0%

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.
Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers so they can be loaded.
Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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.)
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.
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.

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