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Material Handler

Move and distribute materials.

What does a Material Handler do?

A material handler stores, moves, and handles materials that may be hazardous or non-hazardous. Typically, you work in warehouses and production distribution facilities as part of a team.

This position is understandably very safety-oriented, and the ability to follow safety procedures and regulations is critical. When a job involves handling hazardous materials, government-based training and a handling license are normally required. Other positions often require a driver’s license and most material handlers specialize in a specific field.

Necessary skills for a material handler vary, depending on the types of materials handled and the facility regulations. Being able to lift heavy products, as well as having skills in common material handling equipment, such as forklifts and pallet jacks, are typical requirements. Paperwork is often involved, so basic math skills and documentation abilities are almost always needed. Communication skills, inventory management, and document inspection abilities are also required.

This position is experience-based, and most employers require in-house training and related testing to ensure needed capabilities. A high school diploma or GED is typically required.