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What To Know for a Warehouse Driver Job


What To Know for a Warehouse Driver Job

The economy isn’t likely to settle down for a while, but if you’re in between jobs, you need options now. Luckily, demand for at least one job is growing: warehouse driver. Consumers are ordering online more than ever before, and someone needs to deliver all those packages. But before you apply, here’s what to know for a warehouse driver job.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives delivery drivers a healthy occupational outlook. Between 2019 and 2029, employment is projected to grow five percent faster than average. And with your foot in the door at a large company, you have considerable opportunity for growth. There are a few prerequisites, including:

  • Physical strength for lifting, carrying, walking, and driving for long periods.
  • A commercial driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • A high school diploma (with some exceptions).

In addition, a warehouse delivery driver is more likely to thrive if they have the following kinds of skills:


If you haven’t worked in customer service before, beware—it’s not for the faint of heart. You might be dropping off packages without ever seeing the recipient, but that won’t always be the case. You could be navigating kids and pets playing on the driveway, not to mention frustrated customers who receive the wrong package. In that case, you represent the company and will act as a liaison until the situation is corrected. In short, it helps to be a “people person” who can smile no matter what.


Your truck is the job, so it’s helpful to know something about engines. You’ll be responsible for vehicle inspections, minor maintenance, oil changes, and washing the truck. It helps to have experience driving larger vehicles when you have to squeeze your way into tight parking spaces.


There’s a feeling of independence when it’s just you, your box truck, and cargo space full of deliveries. But the pace is fast, and you’ll need to adhere to a schedule that that demands good time management skills. On top of that, you’ll be sorting, prioritizing, documenting, handling cash-on-delivery payments, processing pickups, and more.

There’s a lot to know about a warehouse driver job, but this overview can help you decide if it’s an avenue you want to pursue. Just because it wasn’t part of the original plan doesn’t mean it can’t lead to a different kind of success. Keep your resume updated, your network in the loop, and your mind open.

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