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Become A Driver Sales

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Working As A Driver Sales

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $28,900

    Average Salary

What Does A Driver Sales 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 Sales

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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Average Length of Employment
Route Sales Person 4.4 years
Driver Supervisor 3.9 years
Route Sales Driver 3.6 years
Route Driver 3.1 years
Driver Sales 3.0 years
Lead Driver 3.0 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Driver 2.6 years
Local Driver 2.3 years
Driver/Installer 2.2 years
Stock Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Driver 2.1 years
Deliver Driver 2.0 years
Driver Assistant 1.4 years
Sales Trainee 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Driver 15.2%
Manager 5.9%
Cashier 5.8%
Supervisor 2.8%
Cook 2.8%
Top Employers After
Driver 23.4%
Owner 3.5%
Manager 3.2%
Technician 2.5%
Supervisor 2.2%

Driver Sales Demographics

Gender

Male

84.5%

Female

14.3%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

79.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.0%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.1%

Carrier

7.7%

Portuguese

2.6%

German

2.6%

French

2.6%

Polish

2.6%
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Driver Sales Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.2%

Liberty University

12.1%

Long Beach City College

5.1%

Grand Canyon University

5.1%

Pima Community College

4.0%

Trident Technical College

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.0%

College of DuPage

4.0%

Delgado Community College

4.0%

Bristol Community College

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

Northeastern State University

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Bakersfield College

4.0%

Central Texas College

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

College of Western Idaho

3.0%

Ohio University -

3.0%

Dutchess Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Business

27.9%

Criminal Justice

10.6%

General Studies

8.8%

Communication

4.8%

Automotive Technology

4.3%

Education

4.3%

Psychology

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Computer Science

2.8%

Nursing

2.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Theology

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

51.5%

Bachelors

19.2%

Associate

17.3%

Certificate

5.5%

Masters

2.6%

Diploma

2.6%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Driver Sales Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Driver/Sales Workers Rollin Dairy Farmingdale, NY Jan 18, 2012 $47,507
Driver/Sales Workers Rollin Dairy Farmingdale, NY Jan 09, 2012 $47,507
Driver/Sales Worker Santos Bakery Avenel, NJ Aug 14, 2008 $35,062
Driver/Sales Workers Pauyac Distribution, Corp NY Jun 18, 2008 $29,385
Driver/Sales Worker Steve Warner Thoroughbred Maintenance Arcadia, CA Mar 12, 2010 $24,543
Driver/Sales Worker J Nunez Distributors New York, NY Apr 17, 2009 $17,906
Driver Sales JM Bio Solution, Inc. Lorton, VA Jun 28, 2016 $16,869
Driver Sales JM Bio Solution, Inc. Lorton, VA Jul 30, 2015 $16,869
Driver Sales JM Bio Solution, Inc. Lorton, VA Aug 14, 2015 $16,869

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Top Skills for A Driver Sales

DeliveryInformationCustomerServiceSkillsAutoPartsStockMerchandiseCompanyVehicleSafeDrivingDailySalesCustomerOrdersCDLLoadTrucksDriveTruckNewAccountsInventoryControlSalesRouteSalesContractsCounterSalesRecordTransactionsDeliveryTruckNewCustomersRegularCustomers

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Top Driver Sales Skills

  1. Delivery Information
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Auto Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Record sales and delivery information.
  • Deliver Pizza to customer's utilizing good customer service skills.
  • Executed daily operations of inspecting and delivery of customer ordered after-market auto parts.
  • Price, sell, inventory and stock merchandise daily.
  • Worked independently, responsible for company vehicle, delivery of inventory, sales, and collecting currency.

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