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Delivery and Courier Service Drivers

What they do?

Delivery drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Operate and drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products, such as fast food, newspapers, magazines, bakery and dairy products, and items such as dry cleaning, envelopes, packages and parcels

B. Perform pre-trip inspection of vehicle

C. Sell products over established routes and accept or make payments for goods

D. Record information on pick-ups and deliveries, vehicle mileage, fuel costs and any problems encountered

E. May communicate with central dispatch using cellular telephone or citizens' band (CB) radio.

Where they find work?

1. Transportation and warehousing - 36.0%
2. Retail trade - 15.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 15.0%
4. Accommodation and food services - 11.0%
5. Food manufacturing - 4.0%
6. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school may be required.

2. A driver's licence appropriate to the class of vehicle being driven is required.

3. One year of safe driving experience is usually required.

4. On-the-job training is provided.

5. Eligibility for bonding and transportation of dangerous goods (TGD) certification may be required for courier drivers.

6. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 2 in 5 have community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Mechanics

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Delivery and Courier Service Drivers is $13.28/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

6% of Delivery and Courier Service Drivers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Delivery and Courier Service Drivers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($13.28) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (6%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (24%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Mechanics

2. Safe driving record

3. Customer service

Part Time Workers

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


19% of Delivery and Courier Service Drivers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 73,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 4% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The older-than-average worker (43) will likely be offset by a later retirement age (64) resulting in an average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 19% of Delivery and Courier Service Drivers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


10% of the individuals employed as Delivery and Courier Service Drivers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.