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Light Truck Drivers

Also called: Delivery Driver, Driver, Package Car Driver, Truck Driver

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.
  • Turn in receipts and money received from deliveries.
  • Read maps and follow written or verbal geographic directions.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Spatial
  • know where things are around you
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • FreightDATA
  • Package location and tracking software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Communications server software
  • IBM Domino

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$34,730
$21,060
$65,400
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