Postal Clerks

Postal Clerk Scans a Package for Delivery

Postal clerks are employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS). The equivalent employees at package delivery companies have different titles but perform many of the same duties; at Federal Express they are called service agents, at United Parcel Service, administrative assistants and account executives. Their job duties may be diversified, depending upon the size of the post office or company at which they are employed. Among their duties are working at the public service windows in post offices, answering telephone inquiries, handling packages, and sorting incoming and outgoing mail. About 78,660 postal clerks work for the United States Postal Service.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Distribution Clerks, Mail Handlers
Duties Receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags; examine mail for correct postage
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Geography
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Must be U.S. citizens or have permanent alien residence status; must be at least 18 years of age; must pass a written exam before being hired
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Postal Supervisor
  • Postal Clerk
  • Part-Time Postal Clerk

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