Driver/Sales Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Drives truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sells or delivers goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or picks up or delivers items such as commercial laundry. May also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Professional Sales pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Collects money from customers, makes change, and records transactions on customer receipts.
  • Drives trucks to deliver such items as food, medical supplies, or newspapers.
  • Writes customer orders and sales contracts according to company guidelines.
  • Informs regular customers of new products or services and price changes.
  • Listens to and resolves customers' complaints regarding products or services.
  • Records sales or delivery information on daily sales or delivery record.
  • Calls on prospective customers to explain company services or to solicit new business.
  • Arranges merchandise and sales promotion displays or issues sales promotion materials to customers.
  • Maintains trucks and food-dispensing equipment and cleans inside of machines that dispense food or beverages.
  • Reviews lists of dealers, customers, or station drops and loads trucks.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

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