Hi Im 23 and not to far off 24 years old. My main point of this is to get advice on what I should do and just some info on being a handler then getting to the driver position. I worked as a driver helper in 2010 and it honestly was really fun to me, yes I was sore from all the stops but I enjoyed it. I felt like I contributing a lot cuz I took all the packages to the door while the driver went in the back of the truck and sorted out the next stops. The hours were really cool to I would get picked up around 11 and get off at like 7ish. The driver was a really badass lady who basically talked me up about the job and how shes rolling in $$$$ and talked about all her vacation, benefits and her retirement plan. I think she told me it is 25years and out? She said she was sore a lot and had to have a ice bath nightly for her knees. She also said she worked in the hub as a package handler for only 3 years and has been driving ever since. So ever since this experience as a driver helper I have always had ups on my mind as a potential career path. A year and a half ago I got a basic associates degree from a county college. This semester I went to a university to try and get a bachelors in environmental science. Well that didn't really work out and I dropped my classes cuz I jus felt somewhat miserable and it just wasn't for me. The university really has nothing else im interested in so im about to move back home with my mom in a month. Im at a point in my life where I don't know what im doing and I honestly have never felt so free in my life. I jus want to travel the world with no direction and just see where life takes me. I know I need to make a decision on what the hell im gona do as a career tho so im not a pizza delivery driver the rest of my life..... I jus want to know some info on the UPS package car Driver position. How many years does it take on average to be a driver? Would it take longer at a larger hub? Or would it take a shorter time at a larger hub? Is it normal for there to be drivers who actually get off by 5pm? If so would it be the drivers with the most sonority or the newbies who don't get as many hours? Do drivers get to spend time with their families and see their kids grow up or is all about work? Is it true that its almost certain for a retired driver to have knee, back or shoulder problems? I know the $$$$ is good but is it worth it in the long run??? So im basically thinking of getting a job as a handler and maybe starting my career with ups. I know its hard work being a handler and could take a long time to be a driver, but I know I can do anything with a positive attitude. Is it a good choice? I guess it wouldn't be my first choice as a career but honestly I feel like I would absolutely thrive as a driver. oh and do drivers have to take the hour lunch? or can u jus work thru it to get off earlier? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!