Also called: Driver, Driver Salesman, Route Driver, Route Salesman
In the Air Force: Ground Transportation; Ground Transportation Apprentice; Ground Transportation Craftsman; Ground Transportation Helper; Ground Transportation Journeyman; Ground Transportation Manager; Ground Transportation Superintendent
In the Army: Motor Transport Operator
In the Marine Corps: Motor Vehicle Operator
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The day starts early for the delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers who ensure local businesses open with stocked shelves, and may continue late into the night as drivers ensure that customers receive their products and services throughout the day. These drivers’ vehicles are lighter than semis, weighing less than 26,000 pounds. Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers need a thorough knowledge of their local street grid to plan their routes —especially which roads allow trucks. Light truck drivers drive small trucks or vans from distribution centers or stores… to homes and businesses, following an established schedule. Most work for retail and wholesale trade companies, or couriers. Driver/sales workers usually have a regular delivery route, and also visit potential clients to expand their sales. They might deliver an order to a hardware store, then promote a new product to the store manager. They also deliver and receive payments for goods such as take-out food or pizza. These drivers generally work full time. It can be physically demanding work —driving for long periods, lifting, and carrying boxes. Injury rates are higher than for most jobs. Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers usually have a high school education, and must have a driver’s license and clean driving record. A few weeks of on-the-job training is typical.
What they do:Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. May also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.
On the job, you would:
- Drive trucks to deliver such items as food, medical supplies, or newspapers.
- Inform regular customers of new products or services and price changes.
- Record sales or delivery information on daily sales or delivery record.
- customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
- food production
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- talking to others
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
- keep your arm or hand steady
- put together small parts with your fingers
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Stress Tolerance
- Self Control
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
- MobiTech Systems Route Sales Trakker
- Soft Essentials Vending Essentials
Map creation software
- GEOCOMtms A.Maze Planning
- Route planning software
- Counter & Rental Clerks
- Couriers & Messengers
- Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News & Street Vendors, & Related Workers
- Light Truck Drivers
- Shipping, Receiving, & Inventory Clerks
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