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Working As A Truck Driver/Warehouse

  • 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 Truck Driver/Warehouse 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 Truck Driver/Warehouse

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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Truck Driver/Warehouse jobs

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Truck Driver/Warehouse Career Paths

Truck Driver/Warehouse
General Manager Territory Manager Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Driver/Owner Operator Operator
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Transportation Driver Maintenance Technician
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operator Order Selector Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
CDL Driver Tractor-Trailer Driver Driver
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
CDL Driver Driver/Owner Operator Warehouse/Driver
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Heavy Truck Driver 3.7 years
Truck Driver 3.6 years
Class B Driver 3.5 years
Semi Truck Driver 3.4 years
Driver Sales 3.3 years
Trailer Driver 3.3 years
Route Driver 3.1 years
Lead Driver 3.0 years
Class A Driver 2.8 years
CDL Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Driver 2.6 years
Trash Truck Driver 2.6 years
Truck Operator 2.5 years
Haul Truck Driver 2.5 years
Mail Truck Driver 2.4 years
Fuel Truck Driver 2.3 years
Tank Truck Driver 2.3 years
Local Truck Driver 2.3 years
Stock Driver 2.2 years
Oil Truck Driver 2.1 years
Driver/Mover 2.1 years
Dump Truck Driver 2.0 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Shag Truck Driver 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Water Truck Driver 1.4 years
Driver Assistant 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Truck Driver 38.4%
Driver 5.9%
Bus Driver 2.4%
Owner 2.2%
Manager 2.2%
Mechanic 2.1%
Top Employers After
Truck Driver 38.2%
Driver 9.7%
Bus Driver 2.3%
Operator 2.2%
CDL Driver 1.8%
Mechanic 1.7%

Truck Driver/Warehouse Demographics

Gender

Male

94.4%

Female

4.6%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

80.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

9.5%

German

4.8%

Hebrew

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Truck Driver/Warehouse Education

Schools

Community College of Vermont

6.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

6.5%

Lansing Community College

6.5%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Boise State University

6.5%

The Community College of Baltimore County

6.5%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.3%

Bucks County Community College

4.3%

Bates Technical College

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

Hinds Community College

4.3%

Houston Community College

4.3%

College of Lake County

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Bryant and Stratton College

4.3%

Temple College

4.3%

Strayer University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%
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Majors

Business

23.4%

General Studies

10.0%

Criminal Justice

9.1%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Education

5.3%

Computer Science

4.8%

Graphic Design

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Precision Metal Working

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.3%

Fire Science And Protection

2.9%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

50.3%

Associate

19.1%

Bachelors

15.3%

Certificate

8.8%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

2.6%
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Top Skills for A Truck Driver/Warehouse

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Top Truck Driver/Warehouse Skills

  1. Delivery Truck
  2. Safety
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained systematic reports and logs regarding the delivery trucks, materials shipped or ordered, including DOT driving log.
  • Maintained good work habits, including reporting to work on time and adhering to standard work and safety procedures.
  • Assisted sales personnel with customer orders; and delivered product using company truck when required to provide prompt customer service.
  • Load and unload trucks, vans, or automobiles.
  • Operated a forklift, stock picker, tugger and an electric pallet jack in the performance of my duties.

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