Materials handlers work in shipping, receiving, stocking and delivery of parts, supplies and products.

Do you love physical activity? Lift weights at the gym on a regular basis? If so, you’re probably the perfect candidate for the position of materials handler. You’ll spend your days in a warehouse, transporting raw materials using your body and various pieces of equipment. Loading boxes and palettes onto trucks is the focus of your job, so heavy lifting ability is crucial, as is stamina and the ability to work around large, potentially dangerous machines.

Materials handlers report to a warehouse supervisor, who directs them and handles problems or complaints. Most materials handlers will work as part of a team, which requires you to have strong communication skills, patience, and regard for others. You’ll be working around forklifts and trucks, so you’ll need a good sense of safety procedures.

Materials handlers receive on-the-job training, but any previous experience will improve your resume.

Also Known As:

Materials Engineer, Receiving Supervisor, Production Worker

Critical Skills


  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Gather and Analyze Data
  • Interact with Computers
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, and Surroundings


  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Interact with Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork
  • Working with Technology

Key Responsibilities

  • Count, weight, pack, load, and unload supplies
  • Document and store materials
  • Ensure material-handling equipment works properly
  • Inspect ingoing and outgoing materials for defects
  • Verify receipt or transport of materials
  • Operate material-transport equipment

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability
  • Physical Strength and Dexterity


  • Customer Service
  • Order Processing
  • Sales

How to get this job

This is an entry level position. You need to have good communication skills and training in customer service.

Next Steps for this job

Gain customer service and computer skills, practice strong communication skills.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.