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Delivering packages for UPS is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs. The pay is good, the benefits are great, and the work is often exciting. Qualifying for the job is the easy part. All you will need is to be at least 21 years old with a spotless criminal and driving record. You will also need to pass a Department of Transportation physical and to obtain a chauffeur's license. If you qualify, there are four ways to get a driving job with UPS.
The best way to get a driving job with UPS is to find a opening on the UPS careers website for a permanent driving position. Unfortunately, these types of job postings are extremely rare. This is because UPS has a policy of promotion from within. Hiring managers are allowed to fill only 1 out of 6 driver openings with someone that is not a current UPS employee. Also, those openings may never show up on the website because current employees will recommend friends or family to fill those positions. Although this is the best way to get a job driving for UPS, it is also the least likely way.Credit: didbygraham / Creative Commons
The second best way is to apply for an opening as a Saturday Air Driver delivering next day air parcels. As the title suggests, you will only work Saturdays, and at best, you will only get four hours of work per week. Postings for this position are also rare but appear more frequently than a full-time position. The starting pay for a Saturday Air Driver is only $12.10 an hour, which is hardly worth the demands of the job. However, the time you will put in as an Air Driver will go towards your time in and pay rate as a full-time driver. To move up to a full-time position it will take up to 6 years, possibly longer.
The most likely way to get a job as a UPS driver is to work your way up from an entry-level position. Start with UPS as a Package Handler and you will be responsible for loading and unloading packages from trucks and package cars. Doing this job is the most likely way you will become a driver. Unfortunately, getting your promotion to driver can, and likely will, take 10 or more years. Starting pay is only $9.50 per hour, and at first you might only get 12 or less hours per week. As you prove yourself in the position you will work between 17 and 20 hours per week. The work of a package handler is very difficult. The pace at which a package handler is expected to work is excessive, and even the most experienced handler cannot keep up. There is a lot of heavy lifting and heavy sweating. However, it is not all bad. The benefits are great, even as a part-time employee, and pay raises are frequent. If you can handle the work, this job will put you on a direct path to becoming a driver. Expect to have this job for 10 - 15 years before landing a driving position.
Finally, the easiest way to become a driver is to become a Seasonal Driver. Seasonal Drivers will work October through December and sometimes cover vacations during the summer. Seasonal Drivers are considered temporary workers and will receive no benefits. This job will not lead to a full-time driving position, but may open doors to other opportunities. It will be very easy to get a job as a Package Handler once you have worked as a Seasonal Driver. Also, it is a great way to see if you would enjoy driving for UPS. It will help you decide if it is worth the time and effort needed in pursuing a full-time position.
UPS is a good company to work and drive for. They demand a lot out of their employees, but also reward them well with high pay and phenomenal benefits. It is difficult to get a job driving for UPS, but with determination, effort, and patience it is possible.