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Postal Service Mail Carriers

Also called: City Letter Carrier, Letter Carrier, Mail Carrier, Rural Carrier Associate (RCA)

What they do:
Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.
On the job, you would:
  • Scan labels on letters or parcels to confirm receipt.
  • Obtain signed receipts for registered, certified, and insured mail, collect associated charges, and complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Return to the post office with mail collected from homes, businesses, and public mailboxes.


  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Address Management System AMS
  • Automated Data Collection System ADCS
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Delivery operations information system DOIS
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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