|Quick Facts: Hand Laborers and Material Movers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$22,560 per year
$10.85 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, 2010||3,315,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||14% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||465,500|
Hand laborers and material movers transport objects without using machines. Some workers move freight, stock, or other materials around storage facilities; others clean vehicles; some pick up unwanted household goods; and still others pack materials for moving.
Most hand laborers and material movers work full time. In addition, most work 8-hour shifts, although longer shifts and overtime are common.
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 of hand laborers and material movers was $22,560 in May 2010.
Employment of hand laborers and material movers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be good because the need to replace workers who leave the occupations should create a large number of job openings.
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