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Postal Service Workers

Postal Service Workers
Quick Facts : Postal Service Workers*
2010 Median Pay$53,090
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012524,200
Job Outlook-26% (Decline rapidly)
Employment Change-138,600

Postal Service workers sell postal products and collect, sort, and deliver mail. Mail carriers cover their routes on foot, by vehicle, or by a combination of both. Some mail carriers collect money for postage due and others, particularly in rural areas, sell postal products such as stamps and money orders. All carriers, however, must be able to answer customers? questions about postal regulations and services and, upon request, provide change-of-address cards and other postal forms.

What Postal Service Workers Do

  • Collect letters and parcels
  •     Sort incoming letters and parcels
  •     Sell stamps and other postal products to customers
  •     Get customer signatures for registered, certified, and insured mail
  •     Operate various types of postal equipment
  •     Distribute incoming mail from postal trucks

Work Environment

Postal Service clerks and mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators work indoors, typically in a post office. Mail carriers mostly work outdoors, delivering mail.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of Postal Service workers is expected to decline 26 percent from 2010 to 2020 but will vary by specialty.
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The average salary of Postal Service workers was $53,090 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Postal Service Workers

Although there is no specific education requirement to become a Postal Service worker, all applicants for these jobs must take an exam and are usually trained on the job. Postal Service mail carriers must be at least 18 years old. They must also be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident-alien status.
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