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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 profit91.48%
  2. Private, not for profit3.86%
  3. Self-employed2.16%
  4. Federal government2.13%
  5. State and local government0.37%

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

$46,860

Military salary*

$56,466

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State-by-state Salary

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$59,920
$20,120
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Education & Interests

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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PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Conventional — You have an interest in following procedures and regulations to organize information or data.
  • Enterprising — You have an interest in managing, negotiating and marketing, or leading and advising others.
  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.

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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

Knowledge

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

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