Shippers and Receivers

(NOC 1521)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Shippers and receivers ship, receive and record the movement of parts, supplies, materials, equipment and stock to and from an organization. They work in the public sector and for retail and wholesale companies, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial businesses.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 5 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Shippers and Receivers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 67% of Shippers and Receivers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $35,057. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$28.74

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,226

Minimum

$30,199

Median

$52,821

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Shippers and receivers ship, receive and record the movement of parts, supplies, materials, equipment and stock to and from an organization. They work in the public sector and for retail and wholesale companies, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial businesses.

Job duties

Shippers and receivers:

  • Decide shipping method and arrange shipping; prepare bills of lading, customs forms, invoices and other shipping documents manually or by computer.
  • Assemble containers and crates, record contents manually or by computer, pack goods to be shipped and attach identifying information and shipping instructions.
  • Oversee loading and unloading of goods from trucks or other transports.
  • Inspect and verify incoming goods against invoices or other documents, record shortages and reject damaged goods.
  • Unpack, code, and route goods to correct storage areas.
  • Maintain internal, manual or computerized record-keeping systems.
  • May use forklift, hand truck or other equipment to load, unload, transport and store goods.

Sample job titles

  • delivery clerk
  • distribution clerk
  • freight forwarding clerk
  • receiving room clerk
  • shipper
  • shipper-receiver
  • shipping agent
  • shipping and receiving clerk
  • supply chain assistant

Skills

You must be organized and attentive to detail. Your work must be accurate. Good communication skills are important. You need to be able to work as part of a team. Computer skills and the ability to work with technology may be helpful.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A forklift certificate may be required.
  • A driver's licence may be required.

Other considerations

Experience in a related clerical role or as a warehouse worker may be required. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

2,010

employed in 2016

86.3%

employed full-time

1.5%

self employed

24.9%
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75.1%
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46.2

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

47.1%

Halifax

21.9%

North Shore

15.7%

Annapolis Valley

7.7%

Cape Breton

7.5%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

35.6%

Retail trade

21.6%

Manufacturing

18.4%

Wholesale trade

11.2%

Transportation and warehousing

1.7%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

45-54

23.0%

55-64

18.0%

35-44

17.0%

25-34

12.0%

15-24

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

49.9%

High school

$30,198 median annual income
20.2%

College Diploma

$30,258 median annual income
17.0%

Less than high school

$31,487 median annual income
6.7%

Apprenticeship

$27,050 median annual income
5.2%

Bachelor

$27,530 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Apprenticeship

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

General office occupations and clerical services

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to provide basic administrative support under the supervision of office managers, administrative assistants, secretaries, and other office personnel. These programs include courses in typing, keyboarding, filing, general business correspondence, office equipment operation, and communications skills.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Centre for Distance Education

222 George Street, Suite C

Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

(866) 446-5898

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

The Logistics Institute
20 Maud Street, Suite 501
Toronto, ON M5V 2M5
Tel: (416) 363-3005
Fax: (416) 363-5598
Supply Chain Canada - Nova Scotia Institute
P.O. Box 21 CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2L4
Tel: (902) 425-4029

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.