Postal Service Mail Carriers

conventional interests scan labels mail vehicle obtain receipts sort mail post office delivery service equipment

City Letter Carrier, Letter Carrier, Mail Carrier, Rural Carrier Associate (RCA)

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Postal Clerk; Postal Officer
Independent Duty Postal Clerk; Logistics Specialist; Logistics Specialist (Submarine); Postal Clerk; Postal Officer
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What they do:
Sort and deliver mail for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot. Includes postal service mail carriers employed by USPS contractors.
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:

Office suite software

  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Address Management System AMS
  • End of Run Report EOR

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Delivery operations information system DOIS


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

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Job Outlook

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New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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