Light Industrial Worker

Job Description

If you are physically strong and have an eye for detail, a job as a Light Industrial Worker might be a fit for your skills.

Light Industrial Workers play an essential role in many of the products we use every day. They typically work in businesses that produce and distribute small products or components that become parts of larger items. Clothing, shoes, electronics, or even food can be examples of light industrial products.

Workers in this occupation may assist in product assembly, packaging those products and goods for shipment, or reviewing them for quality before they ship. The work can be physically demanding. It’s an integral part of the overall manufacturing process and one found in a great variety of industries.  

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform assembly line tasks
  • Move products or product components as needed
  • Package products and goods for shipment
  • Quality-check products before they ship

Education and Background

This position requires a high school diploma or GED.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Keen attention to detail 
  • Dexterity to handle small parts and components
  • Ability to stand for extended periods 

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Light Industrial Worker with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $26,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $28,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $26,000
  • Miami, Florida: $27,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $26,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $32,000
  • Houston, Texas: $30,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $31,000
  • New York City, New York: $35,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $32,000
  • Overall: $29,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $32,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $33,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $31,000
  • Miami, Florida: $29,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $30,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $35,000
  • Houston, Texas: $34,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $33,000
  • New York City, New York: $39,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $35,000
  • Overall: $34,000

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Career Path

Often, new Light Industrial Workers start in an entry-level position. With experience, they can grow their skills and abilities and move into team-leadership roles.

Position Trends

The increased use of automation and hand-held devices that read barcodes automatically should allow fewer Light Industrial Workers to do the same amount of work. That said, the need for efficient shipping and distribution remains, as does the need for qualified workers.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Hand Laborers and Material Handlers (which includes Light Industrial Workers) should experience four percent job growth through 2028, about as fast as average for all occupations.  

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for a Light Industrial Worker can be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, typically in a warehouse setting. With materials often shipping around the clock, overtime or weekend hours may be necessary. 

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