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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

  • $26,780

    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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Average Length of Employment
Frontload Driver 7.1 years
Refuse Driver 4.1 years
Truck Driver 3.6 years
Route Driver 3.1 years
Lead Driver 3.0 years
Loader/Driver 3.0 years
Roll Off Driver 2.9 years
Recycle Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Residential Driver 2.7 years
Driver 2.6 years
Trash Truck Driver 2.6 years
Local Driver 2.3 years
Delivery Driver 2.1 years
Driver Assistant 1.4 years
Loader 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Driver 24.5%
Cashier 3.4%
Supervisor 2.9%
Carpenter 2.0%
Top Employers After
Driver 24.1%
Truck Driver 11.4%
Cashier 2.9%
Supervisor 2.3%
Owner 2.3%

Loader/Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

89.9%

Female

9.0%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

80.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.5%

Swedish

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

French

5.9%

Zulu

5.9%
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Loader/Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

7.3%

Universal Technical Institute

5.5%

Ashford University

5.5%

Wake Technical Community College

5.5%

Illinois State University

5.5%

Kirkwood Community College

5.5%

College of DuPage

5.5%

Broward College

5.5%

Mississippi Delta Community College

5.5%

Moraine Valley Community College

5.5%

Remington College

5.5%

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%

Sonoma State University

3.6%

New Mexico Highlands University

3.6%

Lansing Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

28.1%

Criminal Justice

9.9%

General Studies

8.0%

Automotive Technology

6.2%

Computer Science

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.7%

Communication

4.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Precision Metal Working

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Sociology

3.3%

Accounting

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

46.1%

Bachelors

20.8%

Associate

18.5%

Certificate

7.9%

Diploma

3.0%

Masters

2.4%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Loader/Driver

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Top Loader/Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Package Cars
  3. Safety Policies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received and organized packages from conveyor; loaded package delivery trucks in preparation for each day's route coverage.
  • Load and unload package cars in sequential order, sort packages according to route and geographical location.
  • Follow all required safety policies and procedures.
  • Prepared, secured and loaded freight onto company vehicles for delivery.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.

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