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Working As A Deliver Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Stressful

  • $34,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Deliver Driver Do

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area. They drive trucks with a 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity or less. Most of the time, they transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households.

Duties

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically do the following:

  • Load and unload their cargo
  • Communicate with costumers to determine pickup and delivery needs
  • Report any incidents they encounter on the road to a dispatcher
  • Follow all applicable traffic laws
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
  • Keep their truck and associated equipment clean and in good working order
  • Accept payments for the shipment
  • Handle paperwork, such as receipts or delivery confirmation notices

Most drivers generally receive instructions to go to a delivery location at a particular time, and it is up to them to determine the best route. Other drivers have a regular daily or weekly delivery schedule. All drivers must have a thorough understanding of an area’s street grid and know which roads allow trucks and which do not.

Light truck drivers, often called pickup and delivery or P&D drivers, are the most common type of delivery driver. They drive small trucks or vans from distribution centers to delivery locations. Drivers make deliveries based on a set schedule. Some drivers stop at the distribution center once only, in the morning, and make many stops throughout the day. Others make multiple trips between the distribution center and delivery locations. Some drivers make deliveries from a retail location to customers.

Driver/sales workers are delivery drivers who have additional sales responsibilities. They recommend new products to businesses and solicit new customers. These drivers may have a regular delivery route and be responsible for adding new clients located along their route. For example, they may make regular deliveries to a hardware store and encourage the store’s manager to offer a new type of product. Driver/sales workers also deliver goods, such as take-out food to consumers, and accept payment for those goods.

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How To Become A Deliver Driver

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some opportunities exist for those without a high school diploma. Workers undergo 1 month or less of on-the-job training. They must have a driver’s license from the state in which they work and possess a clean driving record.

Education

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Companies train new delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers on the job. This may include driving training from a driver-mentor who rides along with a new employee to ensure that a new driver is able to operate a truck safely on crowded streets.

New drivers also have training to learn company policies about package dropoffs and returns, taking payment, and what to do with damaged goods.

Driver/sales workers must learn detailed information about the products they offer. Their company also may teach them proper sales techniques, such as how to approach potential new customers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All delivery drivers need a driver’s license.

Other Experience

Some delivery drivers begin as package loaders at warehouse facilities, especially if the driver works for a large company. For more information on package loaders, see the profile on hand laborers and material movers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. When completing deliveries, drivers often interact with customers and should make a good impression to ensure repeat business.

Hand-eye coordination. When driving, delivery drivers need to observe their surroundings while simultaneously operating a complex machine.

Math skills. Because delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers sometimes take payment, they must be able to count cash and make change quickly and accurately.

Patience. When driving through heavy traffic congestion, delivery drivers must remain calm and composed.

Sales skills. Driver/sales workers are expected to persuade customers to purchase new or different products from them.

Visual ability. To have a driver’s license, delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers must be able to pass a state vision test.

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Deliver Driver Career Paths

Deliver Driver
Delivery Driver Technician Team Leader
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Specialist Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Specialist Account Executive
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Foreman Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Technician Production Supervisor
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Specialist Operation Supervisor
Transportation Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Electrician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Driver Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Field Service Technician Warehouse Manager
Route Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Truck Driver Class A Tank Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Cab Driver Logistics Coordinator Dispatcher Supervisor
Dispatch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Over The Road Driver Tank Driver
Professional Truck Driver
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Tank Driver Professional Truck Driver
Flatbed Truck Driver
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Deliver Driver

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Pizza Boxes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct delivery trucks to shipping doors or designated areas and help load and unload goods safely.
  • Greeted customers and provided excellent customer service.
  • put pizza boxes together n stacked them according to space allowed inside the Store.
  • Cleaned food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.

Deliver Driver Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,169 Deliver Driver resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Deliver Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.7%

French

9.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

German

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Swedish

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Hungarian

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Albanian

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%
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Deliver Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

The Academy

8.5%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

6.0%

Liberty University

6.0%

Salt Lake Community College

5.1%

Florida State University

5.1%

Tidewater Community College

5.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.1%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Universal Technical Institute

4.3%

Keiser University

4.3%

Front Range Community College

4.3%

Calhoun Community College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Kilgore College

3.4%

Owens Community College

3.4%

Wake Technical Community College

3.4%

Valencia College

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

22.0%

Criminal Justice

11.7%

General Studies

7.8%

Automotive Technology

7.1%

Computer Science

5.0%

Education

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Graphic Design

3.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.6%

Accounting

3.5%

Communication

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Nursing

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Psychology

2.5%

History

2.5%

Information Technology

2.4%

Culinary Arts

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

46.5%

Associate

20.5%

Bachelors

19.4%

Certificate

8.4%

Diploma

3.1%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.1%
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