Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

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What do they do?

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Time-stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.

Also known as:

Insert Operator, Inserter Operator, Mail Clerk, Mail Handler, Mail Machine Operator, Mail Processor, Mail Reader, Mail Sorter, Mailroom Clerk, Postal Clerk

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service is projected to Decline 4 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #21 in job growth rate
  • 420

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (1.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (9.7%)
  • Associate's degree (9.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (24.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (46.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (7.9%)

Percent of workers in this field

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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.
  • 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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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Package objects for shipping.
  • Weigh parcels to determine shipping costs.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects.
  • Verify shipping documentation.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Unload materials or equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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

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

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