What does a Material Handler do?
Material handlers move products in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, either manually or using equipment such as trucks or forklifts. Their responsibilities may include pulling inventory and moving stock and other materials to fulfill orders, and unloading product deliveries by pulling them off of trucks and putting them on shelves.
There are no specific education requirements, but many employers prefer a high school degree or equivalent. In some positions, material handlers need a certificate to operate a forklift or other equipment. Material handlers need to have stamina and strength since they are typically on their feet for long periods of time and often need to lift heavy products.
Material Handler Salaries
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Material Handler Career Path
Learn how to become a Material Handler, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Material Handler Insights
“I’d say the pay was not the best and that the treatment towards the labour sometimes”
“Not many areas for career development and sometimes cross training allows employees to perform any tasks”
“It was fun and fairly easy; i would often finish quick with my work and my boss wouldn't be a pain about it.”
“Pay is great especially considering most jobs with this type of work only pays about 11 to 14 dollars an hour”
“Good day rate and flexible”
“If you expect to be recognized and/or compensated for being a valuable team player with a good work ethic and well”
“Paid weekly and monthly bonuses based on company preformance.”
“Great flexible hours and pay.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a material handler
When working as a material handler, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Load Unload, English Language, Computer Literacy, Attention To Detail and Written Communication.
- Forklift Operator
- Warehouse Worker
The most common qualifications to become a material handler is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.