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everything you need to know about warehouse jobs

As a warehouse worker, you play a key role in receiving, storing, documenting, and delivering materials for your employer. Depending on the scope of your role, you may also fulfill and ship orders to customers.

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average salaries of warehouse workers in canada

As a warehouse worker, you're most likely paid an hourly rate, ranging from minimum wage in your province to as high as $19 per hour if you've racked up a handful of years experience. The average warehouse worker salary is around $14 an hour. 

One of the reasons that warehouse salaries are on the low end of the spectrum is because there's a lot of opportunity for advancement and turnover. Those who gain experience as warehouse workers are likely to move into higher paying supervisor and management roles, or transition into other related fields such as shipping & receiving.

 

 

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what warehouse jobs entail

Large warehouses are often fast-paced, while smaller ones tend to work around pickups and dropoffs from carriers.

To be a warehouse worker, you must be in good shape, as workers are required to lift up to 50 pounds and walk or stand for most of their shifts. Most employers will require you to wear protective gear and steel-toed shoes - you may have to purchase these yourself, depending on where you work. 

Warehouse workers usually report to a supervisor or warehouse manager, though if you work in a large warehouse, you may report to the manager of a particular department within the warehouse.

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your day to day work

Most warehouse jobs will require you to perform a variety of tasks around the warehouse where you work. The tasks you perform each day vary depending on what's needed that day. Some common tasks include:

  • accepting and processing incoming stock and materials
  • picking and filling orders from stock
  • packing and shipping orders
  • managing, organizing and retrieving stock
  • operate forklifts, staplers, and mailing machines
  • perform other general labour tasks as required

 

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where you can work

Unsurprisingly, you work in a warehouse setting. You can work in different type of warehouses, however. You may work in a retail warehouse, manufacturing warehouse or distribution centre.

The largest employers in this sector are manufacturers, with a particularly strong presence in Ontario. That said, there will always be a need to transfer and store various goods across Canada, meaning warehouse jobs are plentiful across the country.

what you bring to the table

As a warehouse worker, you're expected to have an eye for detail and be able to manage your time wisely. You be comfortable with physical labour, as your job may require you lift and move heavy items, and remain on your feet for large parts of the day.

Some skills that will serve you well include:

  • being physically fit (able to lift 50lbs)
  • working well with coworkers to get tasks done
  • being willing to listen and take direction
  • working efficiently and managing your time

training and certifications

Warehouse workers may need a high school diploma or equivalency to be hired, though this is not always the case. Experience level may also be a factor - some employers look for warehouse workers with a year or two of experience.

Depending on the role you're seeking, you may also be required to operate a forklift. You may be required to have a license to drive a forklift, though is some cases your employer may offer to pay for your certification.

where your career is headed

Warehouse workers can aspire to related supervisory positions in warehousing, shipping & receiving, logistics and other related industries. Some roles that are a natural progression for warehouse workers include: warehouse supervisor, shipping & receiving clerk, warehouse manager, plant manager.

You may also find roles in other industries that make use of your experience with product management and inventory control.

 

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