What do they do?

Pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.

Also known as:

Courier, Driver, Laboratory Courier, Mail Carrier, Mail Clerk, Mailroom Courier, Messenger, Office Runner, Security Messenger, Transporter, Vehicle Delivery Worker

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Couriers and Messengers is projected to Decline 6 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in VA

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  • -6%

    Change

    Ranks #83 in job growth rate
    300

    Job Openings

    Ranks #28 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (1%)
  • Master's degree  (3%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (14%)
  • Associate's degree  (11%)
  • Some college, no degree  (30%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (34%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (8%)

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Deliver items.
  • Obtain written authorization to perform activities.
  • Record shipping information.
  • Relay information between personnel.
  • Load materials or equipment.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Sort mail.
  • Unload materials or equipment.
  • Analyze shipping information to make routing decisions.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
  • Prepare outgoing mail.
  • Provide notifications to customers or patrons.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • File documents or records.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Distribute incoming mail.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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