Delivery and Courier Service Drivers

Occupation:Delivery and Courier Service Drivers
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

Delivery and courier service drivers drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products. Courier service drivers pick up envelopes and/or packages for quick delivery to a specific address. They are employed by dairies, drug stores, newspaper distributors, take-out food establishments, dry cleaners, mobile caterers, courier and messenger service companies and many other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Delivery and courier service drivers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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.
  • Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspection of vehicle.
  • Plan delivery travel schedules and service routes.
  • Load and unload cargo, goods or merchandise.
  • Provide customer service by selling products, delivering over established routes and accepting or making payments for goods.
  • Record information on pick-ups and deliveries, vehicle mileage and fuel costs and report any incidents or problems encountered.
  • May scan and sort freight or cargo for delivery.
  • May assemble, install or set-up delivered goods or merchandise.
  • May communicate with central dispatch using mobile communications equipment.
Sample job titles:
  • courier driver
  • delivery driver
  • delivery salesperson
  • delivery truck driver
  • fast food delivery driver
  • newspaper delivery driver
  • route driver

You should enjoy driving and be able to function under minimal supervision. You must be alert, responsible, and self-motivated. An awareness of safety is important. You must also get along well with people, as drivers often deal directly with customers. For some jobs, you should be willing to drive long distances and for extended periods of time.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A driver's licence appropriate to the class of vehicle being driven is required.
  • One year of safe driving experience is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Eligibility for bonding and transportation of dangerous goods (TGD) certification may be required for delivery and courier drivers.
Other considerations:

Progression to supervisory positions or to non-driving jobs, such as driver trainer or dispatcher is possible with additional training or experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Delivery and Courier Service Drivers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 55% of Delivery and Courier Service Drivers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $35,298. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Delivery and Courier Service Drivers1,840decline75High
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $14.50
Maximum: $27.00
Minimum: $5,083
Median: $26,500
Maximum: $57,673
Occupations in Trades and Transportation57,925Decline slightly3,400High
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $20.35
Maximum: $34.00
Minimum: $7,580
Median: $37,269
Maximum: $79,787
Delivery and Courier Service DriversCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time79%89%
Percent self-employed0%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentDelivery and Courier Service DriversCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton12%$26,40513%$32,974
Annapolis Valley17%$24,98413%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeDelivery and Courier Service DriversCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4747
GenderDelivery and Courier Service DriversCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
EducationDelivery and Courier Service DriversCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school22.0%$10,40218.2%$25,753
High school38.8%$11,07625.5%$28,089
Trades certificate14.1%$12,19029.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma17.5%$10,04022.6%$39,023
University certificate or diploma1.2%$12,2611.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degree4.7%$7,0422.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diploma0.5%x0.2%$41,705
Master's degreex$8,0390.3%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.0%$3,714
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Courier & Logistics Association
Unit 119 – 660 Eglinton Avenue East, Box 333
Toronto, ON M4G 2K2
Tel: (416) 696-9995 

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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