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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 Foreman 4.0 years
Warehouseman 3.4 years
Route Driver 3.1 years
Hi Lo Driver 3.0 years
Lead Driver 3.0 years
Lift Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse Shipper 2.8 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Driver 2.6 years
Forklift Driver 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Stock Driver 2.2 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Driver Assistant 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Driver 8.0%
Cashier 6.9%
Stocker 2.0%
Assembler 2.0%
Associate 2.0%
Top Employers After
Driver 8.2%
Cashier 2.5%
Technician 2.2%

Warehouse Associate/Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

87.2%

Female

10.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

75.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.8%

German

3.4%

Belarusian

3.4%

Carrier

3.4%

Hebrew

3.4%

Russian

3.4%
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Warehouse Associate/Driver Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

8.3%

Des Moines Area Community College

8.3%

University of Toledo

5.0%

Everest Institute

5.0%

Texas State University

5.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.0%

Houston Community College

5.0%

Full Sail University

5.0%

Union County College

5.0%

Anne Arundel Community College

5.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

Baton Rouge Community College

5.0%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.0%

Central Texas College

5.0%

Liberty University

5.0%

Mississippi State University

5.0%

Southern Crescent Technical College

3.3%

Prairie View A & M University

3.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.3%

Trident Technical College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.1%

General Studies

10.4%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Liberal Arts

6.7%

Automotive Technology

5.0%

Computer Science

4.7%

Communication

4.3%

Information Technology

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Management

3.0%

History

3.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.0%

Psychology

2.7%

Music

2.7%

Culinary Arts

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.3%

English

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

45.6%

Associate

21.0%

Bachelors

20.4%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

2.4%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Associate/Driver

DeliveryTrucksStockMerchandiseCustomerServiceElectricPalletJackSafetyStandardsInventoryControlCustomerOrdersLoadTrucksCompanyVehiclesRFCycleCountsDataEntryPackageStorageAreasHandTruckSortJobSitesOshaWarehouseInventorySafelite

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Top Warehouse Associate/Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Stock Merchandise
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Loaded and unloaded merchandise from delivery trucks.
  • Deliver Automotive parts to customers, Stock merchandise in warehouse
  • Provided customer service by assisting with the handling and loading of merchandise.
  • Transported goods from racks, shelves, and trailers using manual/electric pallet jacks and propane forklifts with 0% incident rate.
  • Handle and dispose of waste and used materials in keeping with prescribed safety standards.

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