Sorters work in a warehouse, arranging and distributing materials and products according to different characteristics.

Do you have a hard time sitting still? Want to be in an active, physical job in an exciting environment? The position of sorter might be perfect for you. You’ll work in a warehouse, sorting inventory for distribution. It will involve lots of lifting and moving of heavy materials, especially boxes, and categorizing. If you’ve got a logical mind, you’ll do well as a sorter.

Your everyday duties will include packing and unpacking large containers containing raw materials and finished products. If there is a defect, you’ll report it and address the issue. Following spoken, written, and visual instructions is also important, as is keeping track of all the items you handle. You’ll make sure that every shipment is filled accurately and shipped safely.

Look for openings at your local manufacturing company. An apprenticeship or any chance for hands-on experience will be sure to impress potential employers.

Also Known As:

Automation Clerk, Distribution Clerk, Mail Processor

Critical Skills


  • Attention to Detail
  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Adaptability
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Service Orientation

Key Responsibilities

  • Inspect product for quality defects
  • Ensure product is correctly packaged and transported
  • Report product defects
  • Dispose of defective products
  • Monitor production and transportation equipment

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Handling Large Volumes of Products Every day
  • Product Delivery

How to get this job

This position is an entry level job. If you have an interest in this type of career you may want to look for positions in sales or receiving/shipping to start. This will give you an idea of the business before becoming a Sorter although you do not need experience to gain employment in this area.

Next Steps for this job

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are helpful. Good computer skills also good to have.

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