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

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 315 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate 3555 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 9370 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other 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 grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. 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. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

Hourly Pay

$13.60

Minimum

$16.85

Median

$26.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,226

Minimum

$30,199

Median

$52,821

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$23.00

Median

$38.50

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

$31,038 median annual income
21.9%

North Shore

$32,019 median annual income
15.7%

Annapolis Valley

$29,564 median annual income
7.7%

Cape Breton

$33,009 median annual income
7.5%

Southern

$24,296 median annual income

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%

Public administration

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%

Trade Certification

$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%

Trade Certification

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

The Logistics Institute
York, ON
Supply Chain Canada - Nova Scotia Institute
Halifax, NS

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