Driver/Sales Workers

3.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $14.08 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 96% (You are doomed)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Driver/Sales Workers' job openings is expected to rise 12% by 2031
'Driver/Sales Workers' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Driver/Sales Workers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Driver/Sales Workers' was $29,280, or $14.08 hourly
'Driver/Sales Workers' are paid 36.0% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as driver/sales workers?

As of 2021 there were 477,020 people employed as Driver/Sales Workers within the United States.
This represents around 0.34% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 295 people are employed as Driver/Sales Workers.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 53-3031.00


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Jo (Highly likely) says
There are at least three tech firms already seriously working on self-driving lorries... that on top of the large number of companies in the self-driving car market already... the writing on this wall is writ very large... or maybe in three mile high illuminated
Jul 24, 2021 at 11:53 AM
Heath Edwards (Could go either way) says
There are multitude of "blind spots" in GPS coverage. When encountered by a human delivery person that is familiar with the area they are annoying but are not insurmountable.
If a drone loses signal...what, hover in place with 500 other stones until the battery runs out, return to base, etc..
If the Earth's GPS coverage reaches 100% confidence over an entire delivery area then yes, automation, UNLESS the delivery is to a condo/apartment/mobile home park/ hotel or any delivery point that exists as one unit among many, all sharing the same street address. If these two issues are solved then yes, automation. If these issues persist it will delay implementation.
In sum, it could go either way.
Heath Edwards
Jul 29, 2020 at 01:27 AM
jo says
GPS (and the rest of the world's positional tracking systems) have very few "blind spots", particularly from the air, and machines unfamiliar with the area would do what a human would do and use a map... one familiar with the area would do as a human would do, use an internal map.

Multiple addresses in one place would also be handled initially by the human equivalent expedient of dumping the package at the apartment block door or leaving a "we missed you - come collect your package at the depot" postcard... given that the delivery times would probably still be faster there would be as few complaints as now (and it would get blamed on software errors instead of shuffling the human to a different route).

This might improve with new buildings with drone landing pads on the roof with special recepticles might well become the norm, proving safer for the incoming packages as well as not having to go to the depot to collect packages that could not be delivered because you weren't in.
Jul 24, 2021 at 12:02 PM
Helia (Likely) says
because it can be driven by robots
Mar 27, 2020 at 06:38 PM
Jo says
24/7, more safely and more quickly and the money being left on the table by not automating it means that although this might be a harder task than some others it will be done faster because the rewards to success are so incredible... hence the large number of companies in the market already.
Jul 24, 2021 at 12:04 PM
Awaluddin says
It would not be happened here in Indonesia and every developing countries in the world, since the road user are not as obedient as those in advanced countries, try it here and the robot would not run their cars because human drivers are driving careless.
Dec 15, 2019 at 11:52 PM
Michael says
They’re obviously talking about advanced countries such as the United States...
Jul 04, 2020 at 10:13 PM
Jo says
Drones don't need roads and fly above human drivers, crazy or not...
Jul 24, 2021 at 11:55 AM

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