Warehouse order pullers, also called order fillers, work in warehouses for a wide variety of businesses. They locate and pull items for wholesale or retail customer orders, and perform other warehouse tasks. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the number these positions to decline, many job openings still occur each year to replace workers who leave the occupation.
Warehouse order pullers receive and pick up customer orders, locate items in the warehouse and bring them to a designated area for the customer to pick up or for the facility to deliver. They track inventory and mark items with stock codes.
Warehouse order pullers are employed in many businesses. They work for large food brand companies that supply supermarkets, big-box home improvement stores, furniture stores, medical equipment suppliers and many others.
These positions usually are entry-level with on-the-job training. Most employers prefer a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants familiar with computers and other office equipment have the best prospects, according to the BLS.
Most order pullers must have a certain degree of physical fitness for frequent walking, bending and stretching. They might need to lift and carry heavy items. Some must climb ladders, and some operate forklift equipment.
Average pay for order fillers in 2008 was about $11 per hour, or $23,000 annually, according to the BLS. Evenings, nights and weekend hours are common, and overtime might be required.