Talk about warehouse jobs and most people have a tendency to cringe at it because it is considered to be less flaunty than an in-office job. But if reports and trends are to be believed, then it may just be a better proposition than what it seems like at the moment.
Given the claims made by the new American president in the election campaigns and some of the immediate developments that have followed, it seems very likely that there is going to be an explosion in the number of domestic manufacturing jobs in the US.
But even if you consider any other country in the world, warehouse jobs are constantly on the rise. This stands true even for booming economies like India and China where the production and manufacturing sector are teeming with opportunities and foreign investments are peaking.
For a fresher, this is a great opportunity to tap into this very lucrative career option that can also be looked upon as a stepping stone to other careers.
What is a warehouse job?
A typical warehouse can house a wide range of products right from food items, equipment, machinery, electronics, clothing and medicine. The type of warehouse jobs that you can apply for will depend on your qualification and also the company that owns the warehouse. For example, if you apply for warehouse jobs at fulfillment centers for Amazon or Walmart, you can expect to handle a plethora of items each day.
The job responsibilities also vary depending on the type of products housed in the warehouse.
Most warehouse jobs are physically demanding except for the ones where you are assigned inventory tracking on a computer.
Workers may be assigned selection, packaging or loading and unloading inventory from shelves with the aid of machinery, receiving the items and process them for cataloging within the warehouse, acquiring items according to the orders received and then sending them for packaging and packing the items according to the shipping policies of the company.
If you are dealing with heavy inventory like large sized machines, then you’d be expected to know how to use a forklift or a pallet jack in some cases.
Those may seem like very simple things but warehouses involve tons of policies regarding safety and hygiene, especially in a food processing unit.
Also, the job description and roles will change significantly if it’s a much smaller warehouse.
Working in a large warehouse vs. working in a small one
Large warehouse jobs can not only be physically demanding but also be extremely time sensitive. Even if you are new to the job, you will be expected to learn the ropes as soon as possible because your job will be timed and you will almost always be running against a fast ticking deadline.
Think about working for Amazon in the festive season and you will know what we are talking about. The warehouse will be functional round the clock and you will also mostly be working in shifts to meet delivery deadlines.
A smaller warehouse on the other hand will be a lot more relaxing and an ideal place to learn the basics of warehousing jobs. Unlike a larger warehouse where your job roles will be fixed, smaller warehouses will also expose you to multiple roles in the functioning of the warehouse. So, if you are filling orders today, a week later you may be printing shipping labels and packing the goods. Why you may even be handling sanitation and sweeping the floors while you are at it.
How much can you earn with warehouse jobs and factory jobs?
The most important question that often plagues the mind of freshers looking to apply for warehouse jobs is what it will pay them?
Despite a college degree, the bleak job scenario in many parts of the world is forcing fresh graduates to work for much lower than what they would typically receive.
The pay for warehouse jobs or factory jobs on the other hand has consistently improved during this time frame. It is estimated that a warehouse job will pay you an average rate of $12 per hour for an entry level job opening.
At the same time, a blue-collar job opening for inexperienced fresh graduates will pay them not more than $8 an hour.
What are the growth prospects in warehouse jobs?
Usually, there are three to four levels that you can escalate to in a warehouse industry.
- Warehouse worker: The job and responsibilities are pretty much what we described above. It may be packing, sorting deliveries, printing labels and cataloging the inventory.
- Forklift driver: Forklift drivers are usually paid more than warehouse workers because the job demands an advanced skill set and usually, a certification for handling a forklift. Also, it is considered to be a hazardous occupation by some but accidents are usually rare as long as you are aware of the safety procedures and operating methods.
- Warehouse worker foreman: A worker foreman is considered an advanced level job that usually comes under the category of storage and a distribution manager. The roles include planning, coordinating and directing both storage as well as distribution within a warehouse set up. Warehouse worker foreman will have a team of warehouse workers and forklift drivers under them and their job responsibility will also involve monitoring the work, adherence to compliance and creating reports for these workers.
What are the advantages of warehouse jobs?
As compared to factory jobs which can involve being around hazardous chemicals or fumes for a large part of your career, warehouse jobs are considered to be relatively safer. You will mostly be working in an airconditioned warehouse that strictly adheres to safety norms. Also, considering that you will be moving on foot for a large part of the day, it is all the exercise that you need. We’d pick that anyday over a sedentary job that will compound your health problems in the twilight years of your life.