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 establishment. They are employed in the public sector and by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 75 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 6600 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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 large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Shippers and Receivers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 69% 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

$12.00

Minimum

$15.72

Median

$21.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,226

Minimum

$30,199

Median

$52,821

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.03

Median

$35.90

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 establishment. They are employed in the public sector and by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial establishments.

Job duties

Shippers and receivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Determine method of shipment 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 affix identifying information and shipping instructions.
  • Oversee loading and unloading of goods from trucks or other conveyances.
  • Inspect and verify incoming goods against invoices or other documents, record shortages and reject damaged goods.
  • Unpack, code, and route goods to appropriate storage areas.
  • Maintain internal, manual or computerized record-keeping systems.
  • May operate 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

To work in these fields, 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

  • Completion of 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 occupation or as a warehouse worker may be required. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,735

employed in 2016

88.1%

employed full-time

1.7%

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

81.3%

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?

47.0%

Halifax

21.9%

Northern

15.7%

Annapolis Valley

7.7%

Cape Breton

7.5%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

35.6%

Retail Trade

18.4%

Wholesale Trade

11.2%

Transportation and Warehousing

8.0%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

3.7%

Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

31.5%

45-54

19.7%

55-64

16.9%

25-34

14.6%

15-24

12.2%

35-44

5.2%

65+

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

36.5%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

18.6%

35-44

10.7%

65+

6.0%

25-34

Top levels of education

50.3%

High school

$34,522 median annual income
20.8%

College certificate or diploma

$35,522 median annual income
16.2%

Less than high school

$32,441 median annual income
6.9%

Trades certificate

$36,522 median annual income
5.1%

Bachelor's degree

$41,341 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$33,837 median annual income
23.7%

High school

$30,074 median annual income
22.9%

Bachelor's degree

$39,473 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$32,871 median annual income
4.7%

Less than high school

$23,775 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 - 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 Management Association
777 Bay Street, Suite 2701
Toronto, ON M5G 2C8
Tel: (416) 977-7111
Fax: (416) 977-8886

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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