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Working As A Key Carrier

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Key Carrier Do

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

Duties

Postal service workers typically do the following:

  • Collect letters and parcels
  • Sort incoming letters and parcels
  • Sell stamps and other postal products
  • Get customer signatures for registered, certified, and insured mail
  • Operate various types of postal equipment
  • Distribute incoming mail from postal trucks

Postal service workers receive and process mail for delivery to homes, businesses, and post office boxes. Workers are classified based on the type of work they perform.

The following are examples of types of Postal Service workers:

Postal service mail carriers deliver mail to homes and businesses in cities, towns, and rural areas. Most travel established routes, delivering and collecting mail. Carriers cover their routes by foot, vehicle, or a combination of both. Some mail carriers collect money for postage due. Others, particularly in rural areas, sell postal products, such as stamps and money orders. All carriers must be able to answer customers’ questions about postal regulations and services and, upon request, provide change-of-address cards and other postal forms. 

Postal service clerks sell stamps, money orders, postal stationery, mailing envelopes, and boxes in post offices throughout the country. These workers register, certify, and insure mail, calculate and collect postage, and answer questions about other postal matters. They also may help sort mail.

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution at post offices and mail processing centers. They load and unload postal trucks and move mail around processing centers. They also operate and adjust mail processing and sorting machinery.

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How To Become A Key Carrier

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become a postal service worker. All applicants for these jobs must take a written exam. 

Education

Although there is no specific postsecondary education requirement to become a postal service worker, all applicants must have a good command of English.

Postal service mail carriers must be at least 18 years old. They must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident-alien status. Males must have registered with the Selective Service when they reached age 18.

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 center where they want to work to find out when exams are given.

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

Training

Newly hired postal service workers receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting less than 1 month. Those who have a mail route may initially work alongside an experienced carrier.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Postal service workers, particularly clerks, regularly interact with customers. As a result, they must be courteous and tactful and provide good client service. 

Physical stamina. Postal service workers, particularly carriers, must be able to stand or walk for long periods.

Physical strength. Postal service workers must be able to lift heavy mail bags and parcels without injuring themselves.

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Average Length of Employment
Head Clerk 4.6 years
Key Carrier 3.0 years
Carrier 2.8 years
Head Cashier 2.6 years
Store Assistant 2.1 years
Key Holder 1.6 years
Store Associate 1.5 years
Associate Retailer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Key Carrier
Cashier 19.8%
Internship 3.3%
Supervisor 2.8%
Manager 2.6%
Server 2.4%
Associate 2.2%
Top Careers After Key Carrier
Cashier 12.6%
Manager 4.5%
Teller 3.3%
Associate 2.5%
Server 2.3%
Supervisor 2.0%
Internship 1.9%

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Top Skills for A Key Carrier

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled counter layout to display and stock new merchandise.
  • Rotated sales floor merchandise to accommodate inventory.
  • Provide prompt and courteous customer service and communicates effectively with management and store associates regarding inventory needs.
  • Performed Management Duties- Ran the entire department within the retail store- Cashier- Customer Service- Snowboard/Ski technician- Sales
  • Process cash/credit card payments/daily bank deposits/open and close registers daily.

Key Carrier Resume Examples And Tips

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Key Carrier Demographics

Gender

Female

62.9%

Male

33.7%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

19.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.0%

Carrier

15.2%

French

6.5%

German

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Japanese

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Portuguese

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Georgian

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Polish

1.1%
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Key Carrier Education

Schools

California State University - Fullerton

7.2%

East Carolina University

7.2%

San Joaquin Valley College

7.2%

Michigan State University

6.0%

Baker College

6.0%

Kaplan University

6.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.8%

Everest Institute

4.8%

Salter College

4.8%

Macomb Community College

4.8%

Montgomery College

4.8%

South Texas College

4.8%

Lake Superior State University

4.8%

University of New Mexico

4.8%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Southern Technical College

3.6%

Tennessee State University

3.6%

San Francisco State University

3.6%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

27.4%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

Medical Assisting Services

7.1%

Psychology

6.2%

Nursing

5.6%

Health Care Administration

5.6%

Liberal Arts

5.4%

General Studies

4.4%

Accounting

4.4%

Cosmetology

3.2%

Management

2.9%

Marketing

2.7%

Communication

2.5%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.2%

Photography

2.0%

Nursing Assistants

2.0%

History

2.0%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Political Science

1.9%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

36.5%

Bachelors

27.2%

Associate

21.6%

Certificate

6.9%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

1.7%

License

0.7%
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