|Quick Facts: Postal Service Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$53,100 per year
$25.53 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||491,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||-28% (Decline)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||-139,100|
Postal Service workers sell postal products and collect, sort, and deliver mail.
Postal Service clerks and mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators work indoors, typically in a post office. Mail carriers mostly work outdoors, delivering mail.
Although there is no specific postsecondary education requirement to become a Postal Service worker, all applicants for these jobs must take a written exam.
The median annual wage for Postal Service workers was $53,100 in May 2012.
Overall employment of Postal Service workers is projected to decline 28 percent from 2012 to 2022. Automated sorting systems, cluster mailboxes, and tight budgets will adversely affect employment. Although the need to replace workers who retire will result in some job openings, very strong competition can be expected as the number of applicants typically exceeds the number of available positions.
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