Cargo and Freight Agents

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Description

Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit84.17%
  2. Federal government7.26%
  3. Self-employed6.00%
  4. State and local government1.72%
  5. Private, not for profit0.57%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$43,770

Military salary*

$56,078

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State-by-state Salary

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$62,760
$21,150
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 30%
  • Some college 19%
  • Associate's degree 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 18%
  • High school 12%
  • Less than high school 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Transportation
  • Geography
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Public Safety and Security

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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