Postal Service Mail Carriers Job Description video

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Postal mail carriers deliver mail to every business and residence in the country. Routes can cover just a few blocks in a city’s central business district, several miles in small towns or up to one hundred miles in remote, rural areas. Some carriers deliver the mail by foot, others use a vehicle – still others use a combination of the two. Mail carriers may start work at the Post Office as early as 4 AM, organizing the mail for their routes. Once in the field, carriers are on their own to complete their routes on time. Along the way, many have opportunities to meet and talk with people. Mail carriers work mostly outdoors, in every kind of weather condition. They have to watch for hazards on their routes, such as wet roads or unfriendly dogs. The work is often strenuous. Carriers have to lift and carry heavy sacks or packages; some are on their feet for most of the day. Mail volumes increase dramatically during the holidays and overtime is often required. To be a mail carrier, you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You must pass a civil service exam, a physical exam and drug test. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record is also required. Local post offices and State employment offices have details and dates for the next round of entrance examinations. Mail carriers work full time or part time. Attaining full time status means virtual job security, as no full time mail carrier has ever been laid off*. See Note

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