What is the Difference Between Warehouse and Factory Jobs?


As you look for a job, you may see listings for both open warehouse and factory jobs that don’t require any previous training. Before you decide which workplace is best for you, here are the differences between warehouse and factory work. 

The real difference between warehouse and factory jobs, is that factory workers work in producing goods and warehouse workers move, organize and ship finished products. Both jobs are often entry level, can be fairly physical and often provide on the job training. 

Warehouse Jobs

Warehouse work might refer to any part of receiving, storing, and distributing goods. Warehouse jobs typically include a variety of tasks. Workers in a warehouse setting might be responsible for loading and unloading trucks, operating forklifts, and packing items for shipment. The most common tasks include organizing stock, retrieving, and packing items for shipping, and maintaining a clean, safe workplace. Other duties include verifying the contents of packages to ensure accuracy; identifying lost or missing merchandise; keeping an inventory control log updated, and training new workers.

Warehouse jobs are often physically demanding and require workers to be on their feet for long periods of time. You may be required to lift heavy boxes or equipment and work in varying temperatures. However, warehouse jobs are often more flexible than factory jobs, with many employers offering part-time and weekend shifts to accommodate their employees' schedules. Warehouse work can be both rewarding in a fast-paced environment, and typically don’t require a college degree.

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Factory Jobs

Sometimes listed as process operator, manufacturing positions, or production and assembly jobs, factory jobs typically involve the manufacturing of products. The workplace is often a large building with assembly lines, and you may be responsible for operating machinery, assembling products, and quality control. Factory, or manufacturing jobs often require specialized training, and many employers offer on-the-job training programs to help new hires learn the necessary skills.

Manufacturing work can also be physically demanding, or many positions require workers to sit or stand in one place for extended periods. Additionally, factories often have strict safety protocols, with training and workplace goals meant to prevent accidents on the job. 

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Benefits of Factory and Warehouse Work

Work in both environments can be rewarding and offer opportunities for career growth. Additional training and certifications, safety protocols and records can boost your resume as well as your experience in the job over time. 

Most full time, and some part-time positions in both warehouse and manufacturing come with benefits, paid time off, overtime options, and more. 

Whether new to either warehouse work or manufacturing, or have extensive experience, there are many positions available. Reach out to Strom Engineering for a personalized look at your opportunities to further your career - based on your wants and needs.

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