All types of goods are warehoused including dry and refrigerated food items, electronics, equipment and machinery. Depending on what type of warehouse you work in your duties may include loading and unloading inventory, labeling, packaging, breaking bulk and even light assembly. Much of the work is demanding physically due to the long hours spent on your feet loading, lifting and bending.
General Warehouse Education
Some hiring managers may look for a minimum of a high school diploma when hiring for General Warehouse jobs, but typically no minimum education or even work experience is needed. The aspect that's most important to a warehouse employer is physical strength and stamina. You must be strong enough to do the work involved, and not have suffered prior injuries that may interfere with your ability to consistently accomplish your duties.
General Warehouse Job Market
In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the need for warehousing would increase over the next 10 years, resulting in an 11 percent increase in General Warehouse jobs by 2022. At that time, the BLS estimated there were over 2 million laborers in freight, stock and material handling in warehouses, but that number may have included seasonal positions along with permanent full-time positions.
General Warehouse Salaries
When a job doesn't require minimum education or experience the pay is typically low, and General Warehouse jobs are no exception. However, the physically demanding element does afford General Warehouse workers a bit of leverage, bringing the pay above minimum wage. What you actually earn in a General Warehouse position may depend on the type of warehouse you work in, what duties you're assigned and what type of experience you bring to the table. Because of those variables, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median income could be as low as $22,970 or as high as $29,450.