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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

  • $21,090

    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 Career Paths

Truck Driver/Warehouse
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Driver
Driver Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver
Driver/Owner Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Truck Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Driver/Owner Operator Delivery Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Dump Truck Driver Delivery Driver
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Equipment Operator
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Truck Driver Route Driver
Route Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Shipping Clerk
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Truck Driver Heavy Equipment Operator Driver
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Truck Driver Maintenance Technician Operation Supervisor
Transportation Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Truck Driver 3.7 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Tank Truck Driver 2.5 years
Haul Truck Driver 2.5 years
Local Truck Driver 2.3 years
Driver Assistant 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Truck Driver 34.7%
Driver 6.8%
Bus Driver 2.7%
Mechanic 2.3%
Owner 2.1%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Employers After
Truck Driver 34.9%
Driver 10.0%
Bus Driver 2.0%
Mechanic 1.8%
Operator 1.8%

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Truck Driver/Warehouse Demographics

Gender

Male

94.4%

Female

4.4%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.0%

Carrier

12.0%

Hebrew

8.0%

French

8.0%

German

4.0%

Greek

4.0%

Russian

4.0%

Italian

4.0%
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Truck Driver/Warehouse Education

Schools

Boise State University

7.3%

Houston Community College

7.3%

Community College of Allegheny County

7.3%

Lansing Community College

5.5%

Hudson Valley Community College

5.5%

El Paso Community College

5.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

Midlands Technical College

5.5%

The Community College of Baltimore County

5.5%

College of Southern Nevada

5.5%

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

5.5%

Hinds Community College

3.6%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.6%

Ventura College

3.6%

American River College

3.6%

New Castle School of Trades

3.6%

Lancaster Bible College

3.6%

New England Tractor Trailer Training School

3.6%

Trident Technical College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.0%

General Studies

9.6%

Criminal Justice

8.5%

Computer Science

5.9%

Education

5.1%

Automotive Technology

4.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Precision Metal Working

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Fire Science And Protection

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Information Technology

1.8%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

51.0%

Associate

18.0%

Bachelors

15.2%

Certificate

9.9%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Truck Driver/Warehouse

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated forklifts to load Heritage brand roofing materials onto delivery trucks for distribution.
  • Compile invoice items, delivery, customer service, warehouse organization and distribution.
  • Received, inventoried and organized all incoming furniture Performed monthly warehouse safety inspections.
  • Loaded/unloaded box truck using manual/motorized pallet jacks.
  • Maintained a Class C CDL and operated his truck in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Regulations.

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