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Driver/Sales Workers

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.   (O'Net 53-3031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Any Commodity Sales Deliverer, Bakery Deliverer, Bobtailer, Bread Distributor, Bread Jockey, Breadman   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2015
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.84   $ 10.81   $ 12.94   $ 18.95   $ 25.18   $ 15.26  
    Yearly $20,470   $22,490   $26,910   $39,410   $52,370   $31,730  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.83   $ 10.63   $ 11.95   $ 15.10   $ 22.74   $ 14.18  
    Yearly $20,450   $22,100   $24,850   $31,410   $47,290   $29,500  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.86   $ 10.85   $ 13.89   $ 20.85   $ 26.73   $ 16.10  
    Yearly $20,510   $22,570   $28,880   $43,370   $55,590   $33,480  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.84   $ 11.59   $ 14.26   $ 19.66   $ 26.78   $ 16.22  
    Yearly $20,470   $24,110   $29,650   $40,890   $55,710   $33,740  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2016.
    Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,263 1,315 0.4% 27
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Food services and drinking places 35.9%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 21.6%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 7.8%
    Nonstore retailers 6.0%
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 4.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
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  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Selling or Influencing Others - Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Driver, Commercial Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
    Commercial Driver Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers  updated July 2012
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Driver/Sales Workers 
     

     
     
     
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