Mail Carriers

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.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None