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Mail carriers are employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS) or private package delivery companies; at Federal Express (FedEx) they are called couriers, and at United Parcel Service (UPS), package delivery drivers. They are responsible for delivering and collecting mail on the specific routes assigned to them. Residential carriers deliver the mail on foot and by vehicle to people in cities and suburbs. Because of the large distances between homes in the country, rural carriers drive their routes to reach customers. The USPS employs 343,300 mail carriers, who are also known as letter carriers. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of mail carriers are employed by private delivery companies.