Household Movers

Movers at Work

Household movers pack and load furniture and other household belongings into moving vans, drive the vans to new locations, and unload the contents. Movers often unpack and set up items according to the customer's specifications. Before the move, they may prepare inventories that describe the condition of the items they are transporting, and then, check that the items are undamaged after the move.

Household movers are often hired to move home and business furniture. Sometimes movers are employed by retail furniture and appliance dealers to deliver items purchased by consumers and businesses.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Linehaul Drivers, Local Drivers, Moving Assistants, Packers, Van Drivers
Duties Pack and inventory items; load, move, and unload furniture and household items; drive large moving trucks or vans; unpack items at the new location
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements In most cases, movers must be at least 21 years old in order to work on interstate moves; some firms may require their employees to be over 25 for insurance purposes
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Moving Company Owner
  • Dispatcher or Estimator
  • Household Mover
  • Van Driver
  • Moving Assistant

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