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Postal Service Workers 

What Postal Service Workers Do

Postal service workers sell postal products and collect, sort, and deliver mail.

Work Environment

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.

How to Become a Postal Service Worker

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 $57,260 in May 2017.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of postal service workers is projected to decline 13 percent by 2026. Automated sorting systems, cluster mailboxes, and tight budgets are expected to adversely affect employment. Although the need to replace workers who retire will result in some job openings, strong competition can be expected as the number of applicants typically exceeds the number of available positions.

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