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Mail Clerks & Mail Machine Operators

Also called: Inserter Operator, Mail Clerk, Mail Machine Operator, Mail Sorter

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Logistics Specialist; Postal Worker; Yeoman

What they do:
Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.
On the job, you would:
  • Seal or open envelopes, by hand or by using machines.
  • Affix postage to packages or letters by hand, or stamp materials, using postage meters.
  • Verify that items are addressed correctly, marked with the proper postage, and in suitable condition for processing.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • listen and understand what people say


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Recordkeeping software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


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

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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