Postal office workers work for the U.S. Postal Service, or USPS. They can work in the office as processors, clerks, or customer service agents. They also work as mail carriers outdoors, delivering mail and parcels to businesses and residences.
Postal workers can work part-time or full-time, depending on the need. Job duties typically include:
Sorting incoming letters and parcels at mail facilities
Selling stamps, envelopes, packaging, and other postal products
Offering services to customers
Carrying mail along assigned routes
Post Office Job Education Requirements
Post office workers do not need a degree. However, USPS usually wants a high school graduate and someone at least 18 years old, who is fluent in English. They also need to be U.S. citizens, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Males need to be registered with the Selective Service.
Though there is no degree to be a postal worker, USPS requires applicants pass a written exam and a background check. Mail carriers must also be able to lift heavy bags of packages and parcels, have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record. There is also a period of job training.
Sales and use of the post office have been on the decline, attributed in part to use of other delivery services, automated mail systems and stricter budgets. As a result, jobs are projected to decline by 28 percent, but vary according to specialty. Still, as older workers retire, some jobs will still be available.
Post Office Job Salary Information
The salary of post office jobs range from $53,100 to $56,510 a year. Mail carriers make an average of $56,490 and $53,090 for clerks, sorters, processors, and machine operators.