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STEEL SALESMAN/ESTIMATOR, IN-DEPTH: You Never Know If The Door Is Open Or Will Be Closed On You

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Justin, an outside Salesman and Estimator for a steel supply company, describes what he likes most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. He's worked hard to get to his current position, and he's very happy to be able to go home to his family at night. Other companies require their employees to have a bachelor's degree and often be on the road during the week and go home only on weekends.

Job Title: Outside Salesman/Estimator

Job Summary: Driver/Sales Workers

Job Description

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages within a small region or urban area.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

All delivery drivers need a driver’s license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$15,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Travel, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Patience, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina

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