Material handlers

Material handlers

NOC
7452

Move, load and unload materials by hand or using a variety of material handling equipment. Employers include transportation and storage companies, manufacturers and warehouses.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

321
 

Median Hourly Wage

$16.00
$11.75
Low
$23.92
High

Median Salary

$29,024
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

3,199
 

% Working Full Time

87%
 

% Working Full Year

65%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit group includes workers who handle, move, load and unload materials by hand or using a variety of material handling equipment. They are employed by transportation, storage and moving companies, and by a variety of manufacturing and processing companies and retail and wholesale warehouses.

Main Duties

Material handlers (manual) perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Load, unload and move products and materials by hand or using basic material handling equipment
  • Move household appliances and furniture onto and off moving trucks or vans
  • Perform other material handling activities such as counting, weighing, sorting, packing and unpacking.

    Material handlers (equipment operators) perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate winches and other loading devices to load and unload materials onto and off trucks, railway cars and loading docks of warehouses and industrial establishments
    • Operate industrial trucks, tractors, loaders and other equipment to transport materials to and from transportation vehicles and loading docks and to store and retrieve materials in warehouses
    • Connect hoses or pipes and operate equipment to load and unload liquid petroleum, chemical or other products into or from tank cars, tank trucks or storage tanks
    • Operate equipment to dump materials such as coal, ore and grain into or to remove materials from railway cars, trucks or other vehicles
    • Operate conveyors and equipment to transfer grain or other materials from transportation vehicles to elevators, bins or other storage areas
    • May perform other activities, such as opening containers and crates, filling warehouse orders, assisting in taking inventory and weighing and checking materials.

    Also Known As

    • bin filler
    • coal handler
    • conveyor console operator
    • forklift truck operator
    • freight handler (except air transport)
    • furniture mover
    • lumber piler - building supplies
    • material handler
    • railway car loader
    • stockpiler
    • storage worker - material handling
    • truck loader
    • warehouseman/woman
    Requirements

    Employment Requirements

    • Some secondary school education may be required.
    • Physical strength is required for manual material handlers who work with heavy materials.

    Provincial Regulation

    Not Provincially Regulated

    Employment by Sex

    The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

    Data legend

    7.3%
    Female
    92.7%
    Male
    Employment by age

    The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

    Data legend

    16.3%
    15-24
    19.2%
    25-34
    20.2%
    35-44
    21.2%
    45-54
    20.3%
    55-64
    2.8%
    65+
    Employment by highest level of education

    The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

    Data legend

    23.3%
    No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
    50.8%
    High School, Diploma or Equivalent
    7.5%
    Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
    15.2%
    College or University Below Bachelor Level
    3.2%
    University - Bachelor Level or Above
    Employment by Industry

    The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

    Data legend

    25.3%
    Manufacturing
    25.2%
    Transportation and warehousing
    19.0%
    Retail trade
    30.5%
    All Other Industries
    Employment by Economic Regions

    The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

    Data legend

    12.50%
    Northeast
    47.10%
    Southeast
    18.10%
    Southwest
    12.50%
    Central
    9.80%
    Northwest
    Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

    Economic Regions

    The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

    Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

    The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

    Data legend

    $23,549
    Northeast
    $34,881
    Southeast
    $32,178
    Southwest
    $29,755
    Central
    $31,107
    Northwest
    Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

    Economic Regions

    The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

    Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

    The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

    Northeast

    $15.00
    $11.70
    Low
    $25.00
    High

    Southeast

    $15.63
    $12.00
    Low
    $21.84
    High

    Southwest

    $17.65
    $12.50
    Low
    $24.00
    High

    Central

    $16.00
    $11.70
    Low
    $23.92
    High

    Northwest

    $17.80
    $11.70
    Low
    $26.00
    High
    Salary

    This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

    All Workers Employed in this Occupation

    $29,024

    Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

    $38,221

    This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

    New Brunswick

    $29,024

    Newfoundland

    $21,764

    Prince Edward Island

    $23,733

    Nova Scotia

    $28,002

    Canada

    $32,458
    Employment Outlook

    The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

    Three Year Outlook

    Total Openings: 3 Year

    321
     

    New Jobs: 3 Year

    -13
     

    Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

    333
     

    Ten Year Outlook

    Total Openings: 10 Year

    1,005
     

    New Jobs: 10 Year

    -62
     

    Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

    1,067