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Postal Service Mail Carriers - 43-5052.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • City Carrier
  • City Carrier Assistant (CCA)
  • City Letter Carrier
  • City Mail Carrier
  • Letter Carrier
  • Mail Carrier
  • Rural Carrier
  • Rural Carrier Associate (RCA)
  • Rural Mail Carrier
  • Rural Route Carrier

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Answer customers' questions about postal services and regulations.
  • Bundle mail in preparation for delivery or transportation to relay boxes.
  • Complete forms that notify publishers of address changes.
  • Deliver mail to residences and business establishments along specified routes by walking or driving, using a combination of satchels, carts, cars, and small trucks.
  • Enter change of address orders into computers that process forwarding address stickers.
  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.
  • Leave notices telling patrons where to collect mail that could not be delivered.
  • Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
  • Meet schedules for the collection and return of mail.
  • Obtain signed receipts for registered, certified, and insured mail, collect associated charges, and complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Provide customers with change of address cards and other forms.
  • Record address changes and redirect mail for those addresses.
  • Register, certify, and insure parcels and letters.
  • Report any unusual circumstances concerning mail delivery, including the condition of street letter boxes.
  • Return incorrectly addressed mail to senders.
  • Return to the post office with mail collected from homes, businesses, and public mailboxes.
  • Scan labels on letters or parcels to confirm receipt.
  • Sell stamps and money orders.
  • Sign for cash-on-delivery and registered mail before leaving the post office.
  • Sort mail for delivery, arranging it in delivery sequence.
  • Travel to post offices to pick up the mail for routes or pick up mail from postal relay boxes.
  • Turn in money and receipts collected along mail routes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arrange insurance coverage.
  • Collect deposits, payments or fees.
  • Deliver items.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Obtain written authorization to perform activities.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Package objects for shipping.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare outgoing mail.
  • Provide notifications to customers or patrons.
  • Record shipping information.
  • Report maintenance or equipment problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Route mail to correct destinations.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Sort mail.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Courier (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Independent Duty Postal Clerk (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Postal Clerk (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Postal Clerk (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Postal Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Postal Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Storekeeper (Coast Guard - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Mail Carrier
  • Rural Mail Carrier