When you picture a warehouse job, do you see someone in a hard hat carrying boxes around an expansive maze of shelving units all day? In reality, working in a warehouse is a multi-tiered career opportunity for people of all experience and ability levels, and a warehouse job offers a number of benefits in both the short and long term. 

As a leading warehouse staffing agency in the Philadelphia area, The Protocall Group works closely with businesses and job seekers, matching qualified and motivated workers with a wide variety of light industrial positions that, over time, grow into rewarding careers.

If you’re searching for a new career path, a position in a warehouse holds plenty of promise, as this slideshow video illustrates.

While they all offer the opportunity for growth and professional development, warehouse jobs are by no means one-size-fits-all. Here’s an outline of the many different jobs a warehouse worker can do.

  • General Labor — This is an entry-level job that can help a worker gain knowledge of the industry and hands-on experience. A general laborer is jack-of-all-trades on the warehouse floor, doing anything from keeping work areas clean to prepping equipment to unpacking shipments.   
  • Packaging — A packager prepares products for shipment by weighing, measuring, packing, and labeling in accordance with company procedure.
  • Production — A successful warehouse operation depends on production equipment that’s clean, safe, well-maintained, and functioning properly. Workers on the production side care for and operate the equipment, so the business’ distribution process runs smoothly.
  • Stocking — When shipments come in, a stock clerk facilitates the process of unpacking products, labeling them and stocking them on shelves in a precise, organized manner. 
  • Forklift Operation — By moving large quantities of products around a vast warehouse, quickly, efficiently, and safely, a forklift driver keeps the entire operation going. This position requires training and strict adherence to safety guidelines. Depending on the type of products being handled, the position might also require additional certifications.
  • Shipping & Receiving — These jobs are on the front lines of product distribution and shipment processing. Workers keep a detailed record of what comes in and what goes out, making sure every order is accurately filled, meets quality standards, and is on its way to the right place. 
  • Engineering — An engineer looks at the big picture, assesses methods, procedures, and equipment, and develops a blueprint for how to streamline, upgrade, and make them more effective. 
  • Management — Every department in a warehouse needs a responsible manager to oversee its daily operations, supervise employees, troubleshoot problems, uphold the standards of the company, and report to ownership. 

What about compensation? As you would expect, salaries for warehouse workers vary greatly, based on factors such as education, training, and level of experience. You can get a better feel for what various light industrial jobs in South Jersey and Philadelphia pay by taking a look at the 2020 Wage Guides available for download on our website.

If you’re intrigued by the prospect of working in a warehouse, and wondering if you have what it takes to thrive in the fast-paced, ever-changing warehouse environment, here are some basic traits that serve warehouse workers well.

For more information about filling or finding a warehouse position in New Jersey or around Philadelphia, contact the area’s premier staffing agency today to start your search!