Postal Service Mail Carriers
Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,584
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,561
Yearly Job Growth Rate: -1.5
Annual Openings: 52
Entry Wage: $18.43
Median Wage: $24.68
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- Obtain signed receipts for registered, certified, and insured mail, collect associated charges, and complete any necessary paperwork.
- Sort mail for delivery, arranging it in delivery sequence.
- Deliver mail to residences and business establishments along specified routes by walking or driving, using a combination of satchels, carts, cars, and small trucks.
- Return to the post office with mail collected from homes, businesses, and public mailboxes.
- Turn in money and receipts collected along mail routes.
- Sign for cash-on-delivery and registered mail before leaving the post office.
- Record address changes and redirect mail for those addresses.
- Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.
- Bundle mail in preparation for delivery or transportation to relay boxes.
- Leave notices telling patrons where to collect mail that could not be delivered.
- Meet schedules for the collection and return of mail.
- Return incorrectly addressed mail to senders.
- Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
- Answer customers' questions about postal services and regulations.
- Provide customers with change of address cards and other forms.
- Report any unusual circumstances concerning mail delivery, including the condition of street letter boxes.
- Register, certify, and insure parcels and letters.
- Travel to post offices to pick up the mail for routes or pick up mail from postal relay boxes.
- Enter change of address orders into computers that process forwarding address stickers.
- Complete forms that notify publishers of address changes.
- Sell stamps and money orders.
Indivduals currently working as Postal Service Mail Carriers can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Couriers and Messengers
- Baggage Porters and Bellhops
- Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
- Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
- Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
- Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
- Security Guards
- Postal Service Clerks
- Parking Enforcement Workers
- Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013