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Employment: Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Occupations




In 2002, material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers held about 4 million jobs, distributed among detailed occupations as follows.

Stock clerks and order fillers 1,628,000
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 803,000
Postal service mail carriers 334,000
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 288,000
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 253,000
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 170,000
Couriers and messengers 132,000
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 92,000
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 81,000
Postal service clerks 77,000
Cargo and freight agents 59,000
Meter readers, utilities 54,000
All other material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers 34,000

About 86 percent of material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing jobs were in the service-providing sector. Most of the rest were in manufacturing. Although workers in these jobs are found throughout the country, most work near population centers where retail stores, warehouses, factories, and large communications centers are concentrated.