Traffic clerks work to ensure the integrity of shipped and received goods by recording data about the goods and making sure the items are charged with the accurate rate. Shipping clerks and receiving clerks fall into the same category as traffic clerks, and they all perform similar tasks.
A traffic clerk makes sure items and goods are shipped and received to the proper destination. Duties of a traffic clerk is depend on the size of the establishment he works for and the amount of software that records the data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some common duties of a traffic clerk include preserve records and information on weight, destination and traffic of all incoming and outgoing goods and keeping up with the rates and charges of shipping the goods. Other duties include addressing and stamping mail, and making arrangements to ship goods to other locations.
A traffic clerk usually work in manufacturing plants or warehouses. A person who is interested in working as a traffic clerk should consider the health risks. According to BLS, the job requires a lot of standing and walking. For a person with back pain or cannot tolerate standing on his feet for long periods of time, this may not be the right job because the work is strenuous.
Traffic clerks generally are required to have only a high school diploma or the equivalent. In some instances, experience with computers is needed. On-the-job training by a supervisor who is familiar with the tasks and duties of the job is also needed. According to Career Planner, some requirements to perform the tasks include experience with clerical work, mathematics, information processing, English, writing, and administration.
The BLS notes that the average earnings of a traffic clerk as of May 2008 was approximately £17,940, and the highest earnings were about £27,950. Benefits are available for traffic workers but may vary according to establishment they work for.
The need for traffic clerks may decline because of the increase use of technology and automation. Though declination will occur in this career, this is a popular job for people with only 13 years of education because it is an entry-level job. There will still be vacancies for this job as people who are already in the field leave for better careers or other personal reasons.