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Driver/Sales Workers
(SOC Code : 53-3031)
in California

Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up and deliver items, such as laundry. May also take orders and collect payments. Include newspaper delivery drivers. Exclude "Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services" (53-3033) and "Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers" (49-9091).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20171st Qtr$17.44$10.97$15.31$21.97

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2014 - 202444,60052,8008,20018.41,580

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,30622.4%
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 7,0076.1%
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 3,9363.1%
Motor Vehicle/Part Merchant Wholesalers 3,1542.1%
Misc Nondurable Goods Merchant Whsle 3,0251.9%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting9,0161.6%
Other Food Manufacturing 8461.4%
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 15,1301.4%
Newspaper, Book, & Directory Publishers 4,2171.3%
Special Food Services 3,3001.2%
Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing3,9321.0%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 5,1231.0%
Electronic Markets and Agents/Brokers 1,9861.0%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
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.

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Alternate Titles
Bakery Delivery Persons; Bread Distributors; Delivery Persons; Meat and Dairy Driver/Sales Workers; Milk Route Deliverers; Newspaper Delivery Drivers; Pick Up Drivers; Pizza Delivery Drivers; Route Deliverers; Route Sales Drivers
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