Career Attributes

  • $35,217
  • 79,000
  • 2.5
  • -12.0%
  • High school diploma
  • English Literature
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Overview

Although there are no specific educational requirements to become a postal service worker, all applicants must have a good command of the english language. Workers typically receive additional training on the job. Postal service mail carriers must be at least 18 years old. They must be citizens or have permanent resident status.

All applicants must pass a written exam that measures speed and accuracy at checking names and numbers and the ability to memorize mail distribution procedures. Jobseekers should contact the post office or mail processing centre where they want to work to find out when an exam will be given.

When accepted, applicants must undergo a criminal-history check and pass a physical exam and a drug test. Applicants also may be asked to show that they can lift and handle mail sacks weighing 50 pounds. Mail carriers who drive at work must have a safe driving record, and applicants must get a passing grade on a road test.

What are Postal Service Workers like?

Investigative

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Postal Service Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 475 CareerExplorer users

Are Postal Service Workers happy?

3rdpercentile

Postal Service Workers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 3rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Postal Service Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Postal Service Workers

The most common degree held by Postal Service Workers is English Literature. 11% of Postal Service Workers had a degree in English Literature before becoming Postal Service Workers. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Psychology graduates are the second most common among Postal Service Workers, representing 11% of Postal Service Workers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 1.5 times the average.

Postal Service Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Postal Service Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Postal Service Workers % of population Multiple
English Literature 10.5% 4.9% 2.2×
Psychology 10.5% 7.0% 1.5×
Business Management And Administration 6.0% 6.5% 0.9×
Liberal Arts 5.3% 1.9% 2.7×
Political Science 5.3% 2.9% 1.8×
Anthropology And Archeology 4.5% 1.3% 3.6×
Criminal Justice 4.5% 1.4% 3.2×
Human Resources 3.8% 1.0% 3.8×
International Relations 3.8% 1.5% 2.5×
Graphic Design 3.8% 1.4% 2.8×
Biology 3.0% 3.6% 0.8×
Accounting 3.0% 1.9% 1.6×
Finance 3.0% 2.1% 1.4×
Communications 3.0% 3.4% 0.9×
Computer Science 3.0% 3.0% 1.0×
Elementary Education 3.0% 0.5% 5.7×
Geography 3.0% 0.6% 4.9×
Foreign Language Studies 2.3% 1.3% 1.7×
Humanities 2.3% 0.4% 5.9×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.3% 1.6% 1.4×
Public Administration 2.3% 0.5% 5.0×
Criminology 2.3% 0.4% 5.2×
Photography 2.3% 0.4% 6.2×
Cosmetology 2.3% 1.0% 2.2×

Postal Service Worker Education Levels

68% of Postal Service Workers have a high school diploma. 25% of Postal Service Workers have an associate's degree.

No education 8%
High school diploma 68%
Associate's degree 25%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $35,217
  • 79,000
  • 2.5
  • -12.0%
  • High school diploma
  • English Literature
More Attributes