|Quick Facts: Postal Service Workers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$53,090 per year
$25.52 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||524,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||-26% (Decline rapidly)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||-138,600|
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.
Although there is no specific postsecondary education requirement to become a Postal Service worker, all applicants for these jobs must take an exam.
The median annual wage of Postal Service workers was $53,090 in May 2010.
Overall employment of Postal Service workers is expected to decline 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. Automated sorting systems, cluster mailboxes, and tight budgets will adversely affect employment. Very strong competition is expected for all jobs, as the number of applicants typically is greater than the number of available positions.
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