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Also known as:
Pharmacy Delivery Driver

Video transcript

A lot of truck driving work is nowhere near the open road. Drivers of light trucks and vans can spend a lot of time on short hauls, carrying everything from fruits and vegetables to clothing. Local truck drivers frequently work 50 or more hours a week. Often, a lot of those hours are late at night or early in the morning, especially for drivers handling food for chain grocery stores, produce markets, or bakeries.

Lifting, carrying, walking, and driving long hours take a physical toll. But no matter how tired they are, customer service is a part of the job for delivery and route drivers who are often the face of the company whose name is on the truck. The have to represent the company in a positive way.

Some delivery drivers are also sales workers, taking order and making recommendation based on the inventory used up or left over. Doubling as a vending machine mechanic can be part of the job as well. Many truck drivers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

U.S. regulation requires drivers of interstate trucks to be at least 21 years old, but truck drivers operating within most states need to be only 18. If you're driving a truck carrying 26,000 pounds or more, you need a commercial driver's license, for which you take a written test and a road test.

Even though delivery trucks are lighter, many employers have higher standards than the government. Expect to be tested for drug and alcohol use, and to have your driving record examined.

Driver-training courses are offered at private and public technical vocational schools. But if there's a particular company you want to work for, you might want to check with them first about the kind of training and licensing expected. Job opportunities will vary with the overall health of the economy.

Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Perform emergency repairs, such as changing tires or installing light bulbs, fuses, tire chains, or spark plugs.

Report any mechanical problems encountered with vehicles.

Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations to bases or other vehicles, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.

Present bills and receipts and collect payments for goods delivered or loaded.

Inspect and maintain vehicle supplies and equipment, such as gas, oil, water, tires, lights, or brakes, to ensure that vehicles are in proper working condition.

Turn in receipts and money received from deliveries.

Read maps and follow written or verbal geographic directions.

Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.

Load and unload trucks, vans, or automobiles.

Verify the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.

Drive vehicles with capacities under three tons to transport materials to and from specified destinations, such as railroad stations, plants, residences, offices, or within industrial yards.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.