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Working As A Loader/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

  • $17,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Loader/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 Loader/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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Loader/Driver Career Paths

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Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Driver Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Driver/Owner Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Roll Off Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Helper/Driver Security Officer Field Technician
Field Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Truck Driver
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Driver/Owner Operator Route Driver
Route Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Warehouse/Driver Warehouse Lead
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operation Supervisor
Transportation Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Supervisor
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Loader/Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

90.3%

Female

8.5%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.7%

Swedish

5.3%

Zulu

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

French

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%
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Loader/Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Grand Rapids Community College

7.1%

Ashford University

5.4%

Wake Technical Community College

5.4%

Illinois State University

5.4%

Kirkwood Community College

5.4%

College of DuPage

5.4%

Broward College

5.4%

Mississippi Delta Community College

5.4%

Moraine Valley Community College

5.4%

Remington College

5.4%

Liberty University

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of Northern Colorado

3.6%

Southern State Community College

3.6%

Diesel Driving Academy

3.6%

Eastern Washington University

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

Arkansas State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

26.8%

Criminal Justice

9.8%

General Studies

8.7%

Automotive Technology

6.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Communication

4.5%

Computer Science

4.2%

Information Technology

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.4%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Sociology

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Psychology

2.3%

Music

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Kinesiology

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

47.3%

Bachelors

20.0%

Associate

17.6%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

2.6%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Loader/Driver

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Safety
  3. Scan Packages
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Load and unload delivery trucks, receiving raw materials and products, picking, packing, wrapping, labeling shipping products.
  • Maintained and followed all safety regulations.
  • Prepared, secured and loaded freight onto company vehicles for delivery.
  • Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products.
  • Provide exceptional customer service during course of deliveries.

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