Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping
Many jobs are at the entry level and do not require more than
a high school diploma.
Employment of weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers
is expected to decline because of the increased use of automated
equipment that performs the function of these workers.
Nature of the Work
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers weigh, measure, and
check materials, supplies, and equipment in order to keep accurate
records. Most of their duties are clerical. Using either manual
or automated data-processing systems, they verify the quantity,
quality, and overall value of the items they are responsible for
and check the condition of items purchased, sold, or produced
against records, bills, invoices, or receipts. They check the
items to ensure the accuracy of the recorded data. They prepare
reports on warehouse inventory levels and on use of parts. Weighers,
measurers, checkers, and samplers also check for any defects in
the items and record the severity of the defects they find.
These workers use weight scales, counting devices, tally sheets,
and calculators to obtain information about the products. They
usually move objects to and from the scales with a handtruck or
forklift. They issue receipts for the products when needed or
Working conditions vary considerably by employment setting. Weighers,
measurers, checkers, and samplers work in a wide variety of businesses,
institutions, and industries. Some work in warehouses, stockrooms,
or shipping and receiving rooms that may not be temperature controlled.
Others may spend time in cold storage rooms or on loading platforms
where they are exposed to the weather.
Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
Many weigher, measurer, checker, and sampler jobs are at the
entry level and do not require more than a high school diploma.
Employers, however, prefer to hire those familiar with computers.
Applicants who have specific job-related experience may be preferred.
Typing, filing, recordkeeping, and other clerical skills also
are important. Advancement opportunities vary with the place of
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers held about 88,000
jobs in 2004. Their employment is spread across many industries.
Retail trade accounted for 20 percent of those jobs, manufacturing
accounted for about 21 percent, and wholesale trade employed another
Employment of weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers is
expected to decline through 2014 because of the increased use
of automated equipment that performs the function of these workers.
Also, many of the industries that employ these workers are expected
to decrease employment. In addition to job openings resulting
from job growth, openings should arise from the need to replace
workers who leave the labor force or transfer to other occupations.
Median annual earnings of weighers, measurers, checkers, and
samplers in May 2004 were $24,570. The middle 50 percent earned
between $19,360 and $32,560. The lowest 10 percent earned less
than $16,140, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $42,190.
These workers usually receive the same benefits as most other
workers. If uniforms are required, employers generally provide
them or offer an allowance to purchase them.
Other workers who determine and document characteristics of materials
or equipment include cargo and freight agents; production, planning,
and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks;
stock clerks and order fillers; and procurement clerks.
Sources of Additional Information
Information about job opportunities may be obtained from local
employers and local offices of the State employment service.
Source: Bureau of Labor
Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, 2006-07 Edition