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Career and Education Opportunities for Route Delivery Drivers in Elgin, Illinois

There are many career and education opportunities for route delivery drivers in the Elgin, Illinois area. There are currently 14,440 jobs for route delivery drivers in Illinois and this is projected to shrink by 5% to about 13,790 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for route delivery drivers, which sees this job pool growing by about 4.4% over the next eight years. In general, route delivery drivers drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up and deliver items, such as laundry.

Route delivery drivers earn approximately $14 per hour or $29,150 per year on average in Illinois. Nationally they average about $10 per hour or $22,260 annually. Earnings for route delivery drivers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Freight in Illinois and not quite as good as general Freight category earnings nationally.

The Elgin area is home to sixty-one schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Elgin where you can get a degree as a route delivery driver. Given that the most common education level for route delivery drivers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a route delivery driver if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Route Delivery Driver

Route Delivery Driver video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, route delivery drivers drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up and deliver items, such as laundry. They also may also take orders and collect payments.

Every day, route delivery drivers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for route delivery drivers to listen to and resolve patrons' complaints regarding products or services. They are often called upon to collect money from patrons and record transactions on customer receipts. They also inform regular patrons of new products or services and price changes. They are sometimes expected to record sales or delivery data on daily sales or delivery record. Somewhat less frequently, route delivery drivers are also expected to record sales or delivery data on daily sales or delivery record.

Route delivery drivers sometimes are asked to maintain vehicles and food-dispensing equipment and clean inside of machines that dispense food or beverages. They also have to be able to drive vehicles to deliver such items as food or newspapers and inspect records of dealers or station drops and load vehicles. And finally, they sometimes have to arrange merchandise and sales promotion displays or issue sales promotion materials to clients.

Like many other jobs, route delivery drivers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Elgin include:

  • Truck Driver. Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. May be required to unload truck. May require use of automated routing equipment. Requires commercial drivers' license.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Route Delivery Driver Training

Elgin Community College - Elgin, IL

Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123-7193. Elgin Community College is a medium sized college located in Elgin, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,821 students. Elgin Community College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated one and two students respectively in 2008.

Harper College - Palatine, IL

Harper College, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398. Harper College is a large college located in Palatine, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,250 students. Harper College has a less than one year program in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated five students in 2008.

Waubonsee Community College - Sugar Grove, IL

Waubonsee Community College, Rte 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554-0901. Waubonsee Community College is a medium sized college located in Sugar Grove, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,218 students. Waubonsee Community College has an associate's degree program in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated two students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.