Delivery-Driver Job Description

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Delivery-Driver Job Description
Delivery jobs are great for those who like to travel and drive. (delivery vehicles only! image by TMLP from Fotolia.com)

In order to serve customers well and remain competitive, businesses often need to send materials or goods to other locations. Therefore they hire delivery drivers. Some of these drivers work locally, but others routinely travel out of state. Delivery-driver jobs enable you to stay out of traditional offices. They also let you meet new people and see new locations.

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Basic Duties

All delivery drivers, regardless of the company for which they work, are responsible for moving a company's goods from one location to another. Their basic duties revolve around this task. According to Career Planner, they're primarily concerned with taking inventory, making sure the goods are loaded in the transport vehicle, depositing the goods at the new site and obtaining/keeping records of recipient signatures and delivery confirmations. Depending on the company, delivery drivers also may deal with finalising the purchase of the goods (e.g., the pizza driver who takes your money when he brings your pizza). The Bureau of Labor Statistics also notes that drivers may have to solicit new customers along their routes. Both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Career Planner state that drivers must keep their vehicle in good order.

Education

The Bureau of Labor Statistics and Snag A Job state that delivery drivers typically need to have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. If they are driving a large vehicle for their deliveries, they may need to take classes in order to get their commercial driver's license.

Requirements

In addition to a minimum education, delivery drivers have to have a valid, clean driver's license and record, according to Snag A Job and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that delivery drivers need to be able to speak and read English well so they can navigate and communicate with customers and law-enforcement agents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also states that drivers may need to submit to drug screening, since driving under the influence of any substance endangers the life of the driver and other motorists on the road.

Hazards

The Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that delivery drivers may work long hours, which can lead to fatigue, and occasionally, loneliness and depression. Drivers who have to load heavy products or materials are at risk for physical injuries like back strain. Additionally, drivers cannot know what they will encounter on their trip; safety can be a concern.

Wages

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that, based on 2008 data, light-delivery drivers make an average wage of £8.60 per hour. Heavy/truck drivers make significantly more--up to £17.60 an hour.

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