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Working As A Driver Assistant

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

  • $21,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Driver Assistant 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 Driver Assistant

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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Driver Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

17.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

19.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

French

5.8%

Russian

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Portuguese

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

German

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Sanskrit

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Georgian

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%
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Driver Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

Suffolk County Community College

9.0%

Ohio University -

5.8%

Tennessee State University

5.8%

Bergen Community College

5.1%

Mohawk Valley Community College

5.1%

The Academy

4.5%

Nassau Community College

4.5%

Miami Dade College

4.5%

Union County College

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.5%

Pima Community College

3.8%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Texas at El Paso

3.8%

Oregon State University

3.8%

Sam Houston State University

3.8%

Towson University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

26.2%

Criminal Justice

11.4%

General Studies

8.8%

Liberal Arts

4.9%

Psychology

4.7%

Kinesiology

4.2%

Communication

4.1%

Computer Science

4.0%

Education

3.1%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Management

2.7%

Political Science

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Marketing

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

31.4%

Associate

14.7%

Certificate

6.5%

Masters

3.6%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Driver Assistant

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  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered packages, verified locations and obtained confirmation signatures; following the delivery instructions of the shipper.
  • Follow all security and safety procedures established by company and branch.
  • Provided exceptional customer service while interacting with customers and delivering items to residential and business locations.
  • Stacked and packed furniture in delivery trucks and unloaded them with care to destination.
  • Unloaded delivery trucks and trailers at main sorting facility maintained electronic data inventory records.

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