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Working As A Warehouse Associate/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

  • $29,850

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse Associate/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 Warehouse Associate/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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Warehouse Associate/Driver Career Paths

Warehouse Associate/Driver
Material Handler Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Operator Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Receiving Clerk Receiving Manager
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Driver Assistant 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Driver 10.3%
Cashier 6.6%
Associate 2.5%
Stocker 2.1%
Assembler 2.1%
Cook 1.9%
Top Employers After
Driver 12.5%
Cashier 2.8%

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Warehouse Associate/Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

88.5%

Female

9.9%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

19.9%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.8%

Carrier

5.4%

German

2.7%

Belarusian

2.7%

Hebrew

2.7%

Russian

2.7%
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Warehouse Associate/Driver Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

7.5%

Des Moines Area Community College

7.5%

Union County College

6.0%

Anne Arundel Community College

6.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.0%

University of Toledo

4.5%

Everest Institute

4.5%

Pima Community College

4.5%

Kirkwood Community College

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.5%

College of the Sequoias

4.5%

Full Sail University

4.5%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.5%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.5%

Central Texas College

4.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Long Beach City College

4.5%

Athens Technical College

4.5%

Mississippi State University

4.5%
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Majors

Business

21.7%

General Studies

10.9%

Criminal Justice

8.7%

Automotive Technology

6.5%

Liberal Arts

5.7%

Computer Science

5.2%

Accounting

4.6%

Kinesiology

3.8%

Communication

3.8%

Information Technology

3.5%

History

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Music

2.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Culinary Arts

2.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Medical Technician

2.2%

English

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

47.1%

Associate

20.3%

Bachelors

19.2%

Certificate

8.9%

Diploma

2.4%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Associate/Driver

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. New Merchandise
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Load and drive delivery trucks so that furniture can be delivered to customers who have purchased merchandise.
  • Provided excellent customer service by making sure the paperwork was accurate and delivery items not damaged or broken
  • Assemble the new merchandise and set it on the showroom floor for display.
  • Order pulling, forklift and electric pallet jack operator, Asbestos work, Delivery of construction tools and heavy equipment.
  • Followed all safety and accident procedures while on company property or operating company vehicles or equipment.

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