Warehouse workers perform a variety of jobs from receiving goods and raw materials, to moving them, storing them, checking and updating stock records for discrepancies and damage, writing reports and preparing goods for dispatch elsewhere.
If you’ve got great customer service skills and you’re looking to work in a busy and varied environment, with plenty of opportunities for progression and promotion, this could be a career worth investigating.
- Excel in the field of customer service
- Outgoing, energetic, and willing to work in a team environment
- Have a very strong work ethic with an interest in retail, warehousing, and/or plumbing
- Receive, check-in and unload deliveries
- Sort, store, pick and fill orders, prepare goods for delivery
- Keep inventory reports accurate and up to date, process and prepare orders
Lifestyle Impact: Moderate
- Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 27% of Warehouse Workers work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
- Average hours for full-time workers: 41 hours a week, which is just below average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
- Warehouse Workers’ salary (average) $50,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries greatly vary depending on your skills and experience.
- Future career growth: Stable (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
- You will be doing work in a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors.
- There is a high amount of physical labour involved in this job, so being fit and healthy is of great importance.
Warehouse Workers are most in demand in these locations:
This is a large occupation, with around 134,200 people working as Warehouse Workers in Australia in 2020 (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au). Demand for Warehouse Workers is highest in Victoria and New South Wales. Most Warehouse Workers work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
How to become a Warehousing Professional in Australia
Whilst formal qualifications are not always necessary to gain entry into this Industry, undertaking some study in the field could help you get ahead faster and accept more diverse roles in the industry.
Step 1 – In Year 9 or 10 at high school, seek some work experience in warehousing to find out if it’s a career for you.
Step 2 – In Year 10, apply for a school based traineeship such as the one offered by Reece – you’ll incorporate paid part time work and study a Certificate II in Warehousing Operations while completing your high school certificate.
(*Note: the course units may count towards your high school certificate but not your ATAR)
Step 3 – Graduate from your traineeship and high school, accept a full time role in the industry or go on to undertake an apprenticeship in a related field, e.g. plumbing.
Step 4 – Complete a TAFE course or university degree in Business and major in logistics and supply chain management, you can even complete some degrees entirely online, and access more professional opportunities.
Specific rules may apply to traineeships or careers for Warehouse Workers in each state or territory in Australia, so it’s worth checking any regulations regarding licensing, qualifications and workplace health & safety in your state.
You may have to obtain a high risk work license through Safe Work Australia, for example if you obtain your fork lift license.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What options are there for career progression?
You might start out as a basic Warehouse Worker, picking and storing goods. With experience, you might move into a more managerial or supervisory position. You might even like to upskill in logistics and become a Logistics Manager, responsible for coordinating the movement of goods across the world.
Do I need to go to university to become a Warehouse Workers?
No, you do not need to go to university to become a Warehouse Worker. VET qualifications (usually done through an apprenticeship or traineeship) are enough to work in Warehousing.
Where do Warehouse Workers work?
Warehouse Workers can work in a variety of environments, from small retail shops to massive country-wide distribution centres. You’ll be doing a combination of both indoor and outdoor work.
What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Warehouse Worker?
If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Warehouse Worker is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:
- Consider starting a VET qualification while you’re still in school – this can help you get your foot in the door and give you a head-start on your training compared to other applicants.
- See if you can find work experience in warehousing or retail. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
- Talk to a Warehouse Worker to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career in warehousing or retail.