Overview: What does a Mail Carrier do?
Postal service mail carriers deliver mail, once it has been processed and sorted. Most travel established routes, delivering and collecting mail. Overall employment within the U.S. Postal Service is expected to shrink due to declining mail volume and increasing automation. Keen competition is expected because the number of qualified applicants should continue to exceed the number of job openings. Qualification is based on a written examination that measures speed and accuracy at checking names and numbers and the ability to memorize mail distribution procedures. There is a customary waiting period of 1 to 2 years or more after passing the examination before being hired. Many people start with part time positions.
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|Average Starting Median income: $56,790|
|Return on Educational Investment: 94% of Average Shows the relative return on investment of an education beyond high school. The calculation uses potential earning levels over time adjusted for the cost and the time of additional education.|
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|All scores range from 1-100. Higher scores are better with the exception of stress.|
|Bragging rights: 23/100 Based on prestige and social approval, fame and public recognition, high income, highly educated, clean versus “dirty” industry, and level of people you deal with.|
|Interesting Job: 5/100 Based on exciting subject or environment, variety of activities, fun interaction with people, creating versus completing, and learning interesting things.|
|Personal Freedom: 50/100 Based on controlling your work, not closely managed, choosing your assignments, tolerable rules and regulations, creative freedom, and setting your own hours.|
|Stress: 80/100 Based on Intense responsibility (life/death), continuous rejection, dealing with people’s problems, lack of control, quota or sales pressure, and work volume/time pressure.|
|Years to make $1,000,000 - 21 Years|
|Years to make $2,000,000 - 38 Years|
|Years to make $3,000,000 - 45+ Years|