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At a Glance... header image

Transports equipment, mail, or goods, and assists with loading and unloading of the vehicle.

The Work header image

Van drivers drive a van or light truck to collect and deliver a variety of goods for clients. They may also deal with valuable items in specially adapted vans with time-lock safes.  

The job is rarely just driving. The van driver sorts out the schedule, plans the route and loads the van so that the goods are arranged in order of delivery. They unload the goods at the customer's premises, obtain a receipt and sometimes accept money for the goods.  
Sometimes they will have an assistant to help with loading and unloading, but often, they work on their own. They may be expected to set up goods such as furniture for the customer.  
Drivers may have to complete records, time sheets and other paperwork. The work may be routine at times but can be pressurised when there are deadlines to meet. Van drivers may be expected to keep their vans clean and do routine maintenance.  
Van sales drivers are responsible for sales as well as delivery. They may have an area in which they visit all customers and potential customers, taking orders and delivering goods. They may be responsible for increasing sales and deciding which items to carry and promote.  
Some drivers only travel within a local area, while others drive long distances throughout the country and may spend short periods away from home.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


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.


Present bills and receipts and collect payments for goods delivered or loaded.


Load and unload trucks, vans, or automobiles.


Verify the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.


Turn in receipts and money received from deliveries.


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.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


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.


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.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


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.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


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.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should be able to concentrate for long periods of time, and enjoy travelling. You must be safety conscious, and should be able to work to a schedule, coping with any delays and emergencies. This may include carrying out minor repairs to your vehicle. You should enjoy driving. You should be patient and polite and have good communication skills.  
You should be able to work on your own without direct supervision, and may be responsible for organising your own workload. You will need a good knowledge of your local area, and should be able to follow maps and work out routes for driving longer distances. You must be honest, reliable and punctual.  
If you are selling goods, you will need to feel comfortable dealing with customers and handling cash. If you are loading and unloading heavy goods, you need to be physically fit.

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