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How to Become a Picker Packer

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy being part of a team? If so, a job as a picker packer may be a good fit for you. 

Picker packers are vital members of order fulfillment teams — finding, moving, and packing orders for shipment. It can be a fast-paced job where filling orders swiftly is paramount. It could be a good fit for motivated candidates who can perform an active job on their feet for long periods. 

Sample job description

At [Your Company Name], we pride ourselves on the dedication and professionalism exhibited every day by the employees working at all levels of our operation. We are currently on the lookout for pickers/packers who can help us maintain that high degree of integrity and continuously push us towards loftier standards of excellence. A model picker/packer is someone who excels at inspecting, separating, and rotating products in an orderly and efficient manner without damaging, misplacing, or otherwise mishandling them. The ability to work quickly without sacrificing accuracy is of paramount importance to us. Our incredible output would not be possible without the coordinated efforts of the many loyal pickers/packers who assist us in readying orders and ferrying them to their designated places day in and day out. If you are experienced in packing, have strong communication skills, and can lift 25+ pounds, please apply.

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Check inventory, find, and collect merchandise for shipping
  • Verify and record outgoing products
  • Prepare items and assemble packages for shipping
  • Load items as needed to move throughout a distribution center
  • Comply with all warehouse safety rules and guidelines

Education and experience

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer candidates with experience working in a warehouse setting.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Ability to read and understand delivery orders, and work with minimal guidance
  • Ability to operate computers and relevant warehouse management software
  • Follow safe work practices and procedures
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Physical stamina

Preferred qualifications

  • Ability to establish priorities and accomplish multiple tasks with minimal supervision
  • Basic computer and math skills

Typical work environment

A picker packer spends the bulk of any given shift responding to a steady influx of orders by diligently pulling and packing products and getting them to where they need to be. Stocking shelves, monitoring product quality, and preparing deliveries are some of the fast-paced, high-stakes tasks that you will be expected to perform. You will also be tasked with reporting problems to the relevant authorities and proposing solutions to crises if and when they arise. The picker/packers who stand out and make an impact are the ones who identify opportunities to surpass the expectations of their supervisors and make an effort to improve upon preexisting workplace processes.

Typical hours

The typical work hours for a picker packer are from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, in a warehouse setting. With materials often shipping around the clock, overtime or weekend hours aren’t uncommon, depending upon the employer. 

Available certifications

In order to assure us of your commitment to our professional standards, and to distinguish yourself from other, less qualified applicants, please consider satisfying the requirements for some or all of the following certifications:

  • OSHA Safety Certificate. In order to earn an OSHA Safety Certificate, you must first complete a 40-hour program covering the standards to which the construction industry and various other industries are expected to adhere. This program will also train you to recognize a variety of potential health issues and safety hazards that OSHA regulations are designed to offset. In addition to the 40-hour program, more than two years of education or training after high school and more than two years of work experience are also required.
  • EPA Amusement Operators Safety Certification. In order to earn an EPA Amusement Operators Safety Certification, you must first complete a comprehensive program focusing on the safe and proper utilization of equipment and machinery. Employees with this certification are far less likely to find themselves involved in workplace accidents. In addition to the aforementioned program, an exam must also be completed.

Career path

Often, new picker packers might start with an entry-level position, but with experience, they can grow their skills and abilities and move into leadership roles. 

US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook

SOC Code: 53-7064

2020 Employment599,700
Projected Employment in 2030600,600
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift 0% increase
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift900 increase

With automation affecting almost every industry in some way, it’s reasonable to expect that it also will impact picker packer functions to a degree. Many picker packer tasks can only be done by a person, however.