Warehouse Workers play a key role in receiving, storing, documenting, and delivering materials within the company. In other situations, these staffers fulfill and ship orders to customers. Canadian companies of all sizes have a constant need for qualified Warehouse Workers.

The Job

Work realities:
Warehouse workers perform an array of functions that might include accepting and processing incoming stock and materials, picking and filling orders from stock, packing and shipping orders, or managing, organizing, and retrieving stock in the warehouse. Large warehouses are often fast-paced, while smaller ones tend to work around pickups from carriers like UPS. Workers are required to lift up to 50 pounds, walk or stand for most of the shift, and wear protective gear and steel-toed shoes. Some warehouse workers operate forklifts, staplers, and mailing machines.

Reporting to:
Warehouse Workers usually report to a supervisor or Plant Manager.

Typical duties might include loading and unloading trucks, receiving raw materials and products, and picking, packing, wrapping, labeling, and/or shipping products. A Warehouse Worker may maintain shipping and receiving logs and makes sure that incoming and outgoing products and material are in good condition. In some companies, the Warehouse Worker moves raw materials to the production area and moves finished products to the warehouse. In addition, the worker maintain the cleanliness, organization, and safety of the warehouse.

Future possibilities:
Warehouse Workers can aspire to related supervisory positions in the warehouse or shipping departing or in materials management or logistics. They might also move into other fields that require their organizational skills, inventory control experience, or product knowledge.


Warehouse Workers interact with many departments in the course of doing their jobs, which consists of much more than moving material around the plant. They play an important part in controlling costs by assuring that materials are safety stored, counted, and delivered to the proper department when they are needed.

Required Skills and Training

Warehouse workers usually need a secondary school diploma or equivalency to be hired. They may need to offer proof of competency in driving a forklift.

While there are job opportunities for Warehouse Workers with no experience, many jobs require two or more years of experience.

Skills and Certifications:
Warehouse workers need to be attentive to detail, have good planning and time management skills, and be willing to assume a variety of tasks to keep the warehouse functioning.


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