Material Handlers 

Material handlers (manual) load, unload, and move products by hand or on dollies or other basic material-handling equipment. Material handlers (equipment operators) operate winches and other loading devices, industrial trucks, tractors, and loaders to transport / retrieve materials. They also operate various types of equipment / conveyors to handle liquid, bulk, and other materials.

Work: People in this group work in marine cargo handling companies, shipping agencies and shipping lines, transportation, storage, and moving companies, and a wide variety of manufacturing / processing companies and retail / wholesale warehouses.

Useful Secondary School subjects: Physical Education, Mechanics, English, Math

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma

Requirements: In general, you usually need some high school education. To be a material handler (manual), you must have the physical strength to work with heavy materials. Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 1 in 5 has a trade / vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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