Skip navigation

Postal Service Mail Carriers

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

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

Watch Career Video

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.

Knowledge

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

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

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

Personality

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

Technology

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 Hot Technology

Education

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

Get started on your career:

Apprenticeship.gov

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$51,310
$36,990
$65,620
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about postal service mail carriers.