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Become A Driver/Warehouse Worker

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Working As A Driver/Warehouse Worker

  • 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/Warehouse Worker 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/Warehouse Worker

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/Warehouse Worker Career Paths

Driver/Warehouse Worker
Security Guard Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse/Driver Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver
Driver Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Driver
Driver/Owner Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Technician Field Technician
Field Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse/Driver Route Driver Driver
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Material Handler Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Warehouse Manager Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Assembly Technician Shipping Clerk
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Equipment Operator Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Stock Driver 2.2 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Driver Assistant 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Driver 9.8%
Cashier 6.7%
Cook 3.6%
Technician 2.5%
Teller 2.4%
Stocker 2.2%
Top Employers After
Driver 16.0%
Technician 2.4%

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Driver/Warehouse Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

90.7%

Female

8.0%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.4%

Portuguese

11.3%

German

4.8%

Italian

3.2%

Chinese

1.6%

Ukrainian

1.6%

Bosnian

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%
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Driver/Warehouse Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

Tidewater Community College

6.5%

Houston Community College

5.6%

Pasadena City College

5.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

Tyler Junior College

4.7%

Fresno City College

4.7%

Meridian Community College

4.7%

Delgado Community College

4.7%

Sacramento City College

4.7%

Cerritos College

4.7%

American River College

3.7%

Blinn College

3.7%

Columbus State Community College

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

Pima Community College

3.7%

Goodwin College

3.7%

Bristol Community College

3.7%

Indian River State College

3.7%

Bates Technical College

3.7%
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Majors

Business

25.2%

General Studies

12.3%

Criminal Justice

9.3%

Automotive Technology

7.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Computer Science

3.4%

Information Technology

3.4%

Management

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Precision Metal Working

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

English

2.3%

Biology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

49.8%

Bachelors

19.2%

Associate

17.1%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

2.3%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Driver/Warehouse Worker

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Auto
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded incoming lumber and plywood orders from delivery trucks via forklift, and placed supplies in the appropriate warehouse location.
  • Deliver parts to different automotive garages.
  • Fast learner Most active Most motivated Skills Used Navigational Customer Service Driving Skill Safety Skill Warehouse Knowledge
  • Certified forklift operator which entailed the utilization of hand held equipment including pallet jacks.
  • Identified and reported any potential safety issues, company policy violations, accidents, injuries or customer complaints directly to supervisor.

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