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.
Most postal service workers have a high school diploma. All applicants for these jobs must pass a written exam.
The median annual wage for postal service workers was $51,150 in May 2020.
Overall employment of postal service workers is projected to decline 14 percent from 2019 to 2029. Automated sorting systems, cluster mailboxes, and tight budgets are expected to adversely affect employment. Some job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation or the labor force, but strong competition should be expected as the number of applicants typically exceeds the number of available positions.
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