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Couriers & Messengers

Also called: Courier, Messenger, Driver, Laboratory Courier

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force.

What they do:
Pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.
On the job, you would:
  • Walk, ride bicycles, drive vehicles, or use public conveyances to reach destinations to deliver messages or materials.
  • Load vehicles with listed goods, ensuring goods are loaded correctly and taking precautions with hazardous goods.
  • Unload and sort items collected along delivery routes.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

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.
Salary
$26,230
per year, on average
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