Couriers and Messengers

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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, Security Messenger, Transporter, Vehicle Delivery Worker

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Couriers and Messengers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #21 in job growth rate
  • 190

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #20 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (2.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (13.3%)
  • Associate's degree (9%)
  • Some college, no degree (32.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (8.1%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Knowledge

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.
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Abilities

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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

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.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 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

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

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