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Light Truck Drivers
(SOC Code : 53-3033)
in California

Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages. May load and unload vehicle. Excludes “Couriers and Messengers" (43-5021) and “Driver/Sales Workers” (53-3031).

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$18.70$12.07$16.08$22.99

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2014 - 202497,100110,60013,50013.93,010

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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
Couriers and Messengers 50819.9%
Auto Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores9,3725.6%
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,3065.5%
Motor Vehicle/Part Merchant Wholesalers 3,1542.9%
Health and Personal Care Stores 16,3012.6%
Consumer Goods Rental 2,5262.2%
Misc Nondurable Goods Merchant Whsle 3,0251.9%
Warehousing and Storage 1,7041.7%
Specialized Freight Trucking 7,1571.7%
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 15,1301.6%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting9,0161.5%
Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers 7,8541.4%
Hardware & Plumbing Merchant Wholesalers2,9911.4%
Electronic Markets and Agents/Brokers 1,9861.4%
Employment Services 5,4481.3%
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 7,0071.1%
Automobile Dealers 7,9951.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instruc

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.
Inspect and maintain vehicle supplies and equipment, such as gas, oil, water, tires, lights, or brakes, to ensure that vehicles are in proper working condition.
Report any mechanical problems encountered with vehicles.
Load and unload trucks, vans, or automobiles.
Present bills and receipts and collect payments for goods delivered or loaded.
Turn in receipts and money received from deliveries.
Verify the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.
Maintain records, such as vehicle logs, records of cargo, or billing statements, in accordance with regulations.
Read maps and follow written or verbal geographic directions.
Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations to bases or other vehicles, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.

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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.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Data for Abilities not available.

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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.
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.

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Alternate Titles
Route Drivers; Local Truck Drivers; Pick Up Truck Drivers; and City Route Drivers
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