Driver/Sales Workers

Description

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. Includes newspaper delivery drivers.

Tasks

  • Collect money from customers, make change, and record transactions on customer receipts.
  • Drive trucks to deliver such items as food, medical supplies, or newspapers.
  • Write customer orders and sales contracts according to company guidelines.
  • Inform regular customers of new products or services and price changes.
  • Listen to and resolve customers' complaints regarding products or services.
  • Record sales or delivery information on daily sales or delivery record.
  • Call on prospective customers to explain company services or to solicit new business.
  • Arrange merchandise and sales promotion displays or issue sales promotion materials to customers.
  • Maintain trucks and food-dispensing equipment and clean inside of machines that dispense food or beverages.
  • Review lists of dealers, customers, or station drops and load trucks.
  • Sell food specialties, such as sandwiches and beverages, to office workers and patrons of sports events.
  • Collect coins from vending machines, refill machines, and remove aged merchandise.

Skills

Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Any Commodity Sales Deliverer
Bakery Deliverer
Bobtailer
Bread Distributor
Bread Jockey
Breadman
City Route Driver
City Routeman
Coal Deliverer
Coin Collector
Coin Machine Collector
Delivery Driver
Delivery Person
Distributor
Driver
Expressman
Ice Delivery Driver
Iceman
Jukebox Route Driver
Jukebox Routeman
Laundry Agent
Laundry Route Driver
Laundry Routeman
Lunch Truck Driver
Merchandiser
Milk Deliverer
Milk Delivery Driver
Milk Route Deliverer
Milk Truck Driver
Milk Wagon Driver
Milkman
Motor Route Carrier
Newspaper Delivery Driver
Pick Up Driver
Pizza Delivery Driver
Publication Distributor
Relay Man
Relay Worker
Roadman
Route Contractor
Route Deliverer
Route Driver
Route Driver Salesperson
Route Jumper
Route Rider
Route Sales Driver
Route Salesman
Routeman
Rural Carrier
Sales Route Driver
Sales Route Driver Helper
Salesperson Driver
Special Events Driver
Territory Manager
Towel Distributor
Truck Driver
Truck Driver Salesperson
Wagon Driver Salesperson

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$10.9 hourly, $22,670 annual.
Employment (2008):
394,110 employees