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Postal Service Clerks

Also called: Sales and Service Associate (SSA), Clerk, Window/Distribution Clerk, Sales Associate

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Perform any combination of tasks in a post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags; and examine mail for correct postage.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep money drawers in order, and record and balance daily transactions.
  • Weigh letters and parcels, compute mailing costs based on type, weight, and destination, and affix correct postage.
  • Obtain signatures from recipients of registered or special delivery mail.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
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
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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

Technology

Examples of the technology used in this career will be available soon.

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$53,840
per year, on average
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