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Hand Laborers and Material Movers

Hand Laborers and Material Movers
Quick Facts : Hand Laborers and Material Movers*
2010 Median Pay$22,560
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20123,315,400
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change465,500


Hand laborers and material movers transport objects without using machines. Some workers move freight, stock, or other materials around storage facilities; others clean vehicles; some pick up unwanted household goods; and still others pack materials for moving. Some are employed in manufacturing industries in which they load material onto conveyor belts or other machines.

What Hand Laborers and Material Movers Do

  • Manually move material from one place to another
  • Pack or wrap material by hand
  • Keep a record of the material they move
  • Use signals to assist machine operators who are moving larger pieces of material, when necessary

Work Environment

Most hand laborers and material movers work full time. In addition, most work 8-hour shifts, although longer shifts and overtime are common.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of hand laborers and material movers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020 .
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of hand laborers and material movers was $22,560.
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Hand Laborers and Material Movers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Hand Laborers and Material Movers

22560

Transportation Occupations

46690.7692

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Hand Laborers and Material Movers*
Percent Change in Employment

Hand Laborers and Material Movers

14.0405

Transportation Occupations

10.4212869818394

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Hand Laborers and Material Movers

Generally, hand laborers and material movers don't need work experience or minimum level of education. Employers usually require that applicants just be physically able to do the work.
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