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Stevedores, commonly known as longshore workers or dockworkers, handle cargo at ports, often using materials-handling machinery and gear. They load and unload ships at docks and transfer cargo to and from storage areas or other transports, such as trucks and barges. Members of the water transportation industry, stevedores are employed at ports all over the United States. The concentration of jobs is at the large ports on the coasts, and experienced skilled workers hold most of the positions.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Dockworkers, Longshore Workers
Duties Use materials-handling machinery and gear to load and unload ships
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities best in coastal areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Must meet physical requirements
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Pier Superintendent
  • Stevedoring Superintendent
  • Header or Gang Boss
  • Forklift, Winch, or Other Equipment Operator
  • Cargo Loader/Unloader

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