Also known as Dock Worker, Laborer, Line Tender, Loader, Material Handler, Merchandise Pickup/Receiving Associate, Receiver, Receiving Associate, Shipping and Receiving Materials Handler, Warehouse Worker
Also known as Dock Worker, Laborer, Line Tender
Dock Workers manually move freight, stock, luggage, or other materials, or perform other general labor.
In addition, Dock Workers includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.
Dock Workers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Dock Workers. More generally, Dock Workers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Dock Worker is $31,120, and the average salary is $33,710. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Dock Worker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Dock Workers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Dock Workers earn less than $22,790 per year, 25% earn less than $26,550, 75% earn less than $38,620, and 90% earn less than $48,650.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Dock Workers is expected to change by 9.1%, and there should be roughly 411,300 open positions for Dock Workers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Dock Worker are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Dock Workers typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Dock Worker tend to value Relationships, Support, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Dock Workers moderately value 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.
Second, Dock Workers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Dock Workers somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Dock Workers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, stress tolerance, and achievement/effort.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Dock Workers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Dock Worker usually requires a high school diploma.
Dock Workers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Dock Workers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mathematics, transportation, or mechanical knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Dock Workers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Dock Workers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Dock Workers need abilities such as static strength, multilimb coordination, and trunk strength in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Dock Workers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Dock Workers frequently use skills like critical thinking, coordination, and operation and control to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Dock Workers, ranked by their relative importance.
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