|Quick Facts: Hand Laborers and Material Movers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$22,970 per year
$11.04 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||3,428,800|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||10% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||341,700|
Hand laborers and material movers transport objects without using machines. Some workers move freight, stock, or other materials around in storage facilities; others clean vehicles; some pick up unwanted household goods; and still others pack materials for moving.
Most people in these occupations work full time. Because materials are shipped around the clock, some workers, especially those in warehousing, work overnight shifts.
Generally, hand laborers and material movers need no work experience or minimum level of education. Employers require only that applicants be physically able to do the work.
The median annual wage for hand laborers and material movers was $22,970 in May 2012.
Employment of hand laborers and material movers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average of all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable because of the need to replace workers who leave these occupations.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of hand laborers and material movers with similar occupations.
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