How to Get a Job At UPS
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UPS Offers Something for Every Working Mother
UPS offers job opportunities across the country, ranging from warehouse work to office work to driving. You can choose from full- or part-time employment and even earn full-time benefits as a part-time employee. Forbes magazine listed the company as one of its top 500 employers. With a wide variety of jobs available, UPS gives moms a number of different possibilities.
Drivers and Mechanics
If you’re more of a get-up-and-move-around, out-of-the-office kind of girl, you might consider a job as a UPS driver or mechanic. You have a few different options in this area:
Package Driver: A job as a UPS package driver is a very physical, fast-paced outdoor job. As a driver,
you’ll lift packages weighing at least 25 to 35 pounds and up to 70 pounds daily. Package drivers can find full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.
Drivers must have excellent driving and customer skills since they interact with customers on a daily basis. You must also have a valid driver’s license and pass a Department of Transportation, or DOT, physical exam, which ensures you don’t have any medical conditions that might affect your ability to drive.
UPS doesn’t provide salary information, but the median annual wage for couriers is $46,610, according to the United States Department of Labor. This means half of all couriers make less than this wage, and half make more.
2. Tractor-Trailer Driver: Tractor-trailer drivers run freight. Drivers are generally on the road one to two days at a time. You must hold a valid Class A commercial driver’s license and Haz-Mat endorsement as well as be able to pass the DOT physical and UPS freight road test.
The median wage for tractor-trailer drivers is $41,340.
3. Automotive Mechanic: If you know your way around an engine, you might consider a job as an automotive mechanic.
Transmission and clutch experience is required, and fleet and diesel engine experience is desirable. You also must meet DOT driving requirements and have your own, complete set of hand tools. People in this position generally work nights and weekends.
Automotive mechanics make a median wage of $38,470.
If you’re looking for a more professional level, in-the-office job, UPS offers a number of opportunities in the following areas:
- Marketing: As part of the marketing team, you’ll work with developers, project managers and design experts. You’ll help lay out approaches to technology solutions and execute those plans as well as build new business solutions using UPS technology. Most of these positions are at UPS’s Alpharetta, Georgia, office. Marketing managers, in general, make an average annual salary of $144,140.
- Information technology: UPS also has opportunities for moms with an information technology background. UPS has a number of technology programs that improve the experience for employees and customers. As part of the IT team, you’ll maintain and improve these programs as well as develop new ones. The median annual salary for someone in the information technology field is $82,860.
- Sales: Go-getters interested in sales can find plenty of opportunities. The UPS sales team creates solutions to improve sales for the organization, improve performance and meet environmental objectives. Areas in sales include distribution, customer relationship management, strategic accounts, supply chain solutions, inventory management and global freight. The median pay for a general advertising sales associate is $50,380 a year.
- Engineering: As part of the engineering team, your job is to support and upgrade UPS operations, including vehicles and facilities. Industrial engineers in the U.S. make a median salary of $84,310 a year.
- Finance and accounting: For the numbers-minded mom, a job in finance and accounting offers plenty of opportunities and location options. UPS has finance locations in 220 countries that cover a number of areas, including financial accounting and reporting, financial planning and analysis, tax planning and compliance, investments, treasury, internal auditing, and mergers and acquisitions. The median annual salary for an accountant is $68,150.
Part-Time and Seasonal
If you’re looking for more flexibility than a full-time job offers, UPS has a number of part-time and seasonal positions. These options include positions as a package handler at a warehouse, administrative positions, part-time package drivers and driver helpers. UPS offers benefits for a number of part-time positions.
- UPS: Professional Roles
- UPS: Package Delivery Driver
- UPS: CDL A (Haz-Mat Req) Tractor-Trailer Truckload Driver Dedicated
- UPS: Automotive Mechanic
- UPS: Part-Time, Hourly & Seasonal
- UPS: Working at UPS
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Delivery Truck Drivers and Drivers/Sales Workers
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Marketing Managers
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer and Information Technology Occupations
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Advertising Sales Agents
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Industrial Engineers
- United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Accountants and Auditors
- Forbes: America's Best Employers, United Parcel Service
Tamara Runzel has been writing parenting, family and relationship articles since 2008. Runzel started in television news, followed by education before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She is now a mom of three and home schools her two oldest children. Runzel holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of the Pacific.
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