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Warehouse Job Titles and Descriptions

With the impressive growth happening in the warehouse sector, a tremendous amount of jobs are posted searching for workers. Warehouses can be complex operations and need to be staffed with a variety of jobs ranging from general, entry level labor to skilled professionals. Many of these jobs are considered Bright Outlook Occupations, indicating that the projected growth for these jobs is definitely on the upswing.

So if you’re looking for work, and you possess the skills that warehouses are looking for, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t give this industry a try. To get you started, here is an overview of the different types of jobs you might find in a warehouse:


  1. Forklift Driver/Operator:

    A forklift driver or operator drives a forklift around the warehouse and possibly surrounding area. They are responsible for loading and unloading materials from one place to another and must be able to follow the production schedule or shipping order to ensure materials and equipment are in the right place at the right time. Aside from a high school diploma or equivalent, a forklift driver will need to have a forklift certification per OSHA standards. Many warehouse jobs require workers to be on their feet most of the time, but forklift drivers are one of the positions that remain seated for the majority of their shift.

  2. Shipping Specialist:

    The shipping specialist works with the transportation department or vendors to ensure that inbound and outbound deliveries are all running on-time. Warehouses often have shipments being received and dispatched on a regular basis, so the Shipping Specialist assures that nothing is late. Typically a high school diploma or equivalent, along with a year or two of relevant experience is needed for this job.

  3. Shipping and Receiving Associate:

    The shipping and receiving associate also assists with the incoming and outgoing deliveries, but their role is much more closely tied to the detailed tracking of everything that comes in and goes out of the warehouse. They track all of the product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains running on schedule. It is important for this person to be very detail oriented.

  4. Loader:

    The loader works to load freight onto trucks, trains and ships to be taken away. They also unload freight and materials that have been shipped to the warehouse. Someone performing this job must be physically fit because this position can require a lot of physical strength and exertion. They are often on their feet for the majority of their shift.

  5. Material Handler:

    The material handler is responsible for maintaining the inventory in the warehouse. They often pull orders from shelves for shipments leaving the warehouse and stock inventory that comes into the warehouse onto shelves. Material handlers analyze pick sheets and record units handled and moved throughout the warehouse. Like many warehouse jobs, material handlers are on their feet a lot!

  6. Receiver:

    The receiver oversees the safe, accurate and on-time receipt of items ordered into the warehouse. They unload shipments and carefully check contents to ensure that they match the orders. The receiver needs to be very detail oriented and have the physical strength to unload shipments.


The flow of information, equipment, materials, incoming orders and outgoing deliveries requires that all warehouse employees are able to communicate clearly and work as a team. Warehouses are often willing to train their employees, so even if you haven’t worked in this sector before, it may be a great next step in your career!


If you’d like to learn more about why there are so many jobs available this industry, click here.


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