Material handlers (manual) perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Operate equipment to dump materials such as coal, ore and grain into or to remove materials from railway cars, trucks or other vehicles
B. Operate conveyors and equipment to transfer grain or other materials from transportation vehicles to elevators, bins or other storage areas
C. May perform other activities, such as opening containers and crates, filling warehouse orders, assisting in taking inventory and weighing and checking materials.
D. Load, unload and move products and materials by hand or using basic material handling equipment
E. Move household appliances and furniture onto and off moving trucks or vans
F. Set up rooms for events, dismantle moveable walls and partitions, and organize or set up office furniture
G. Perform other material handling activities such as counting, weighing, sorting, packing and unpacking.
1. Wholesale trade - 21.0%
2. Transportation and warehousing - 17.0%
3. Retail trade - 15.0%
4. Food manufacturing - 5.0%
5. Wood product manufacturing - 5.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 4.0%
7. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 3.0%
1. Some secondary school education may be required.
2. Physical strength is required for manual material handlers who work with heavy materials.
3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
4. Physical Education
The average hourly wages for Material Handlers is $14.02/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.