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BICYCLE MESSENGER: It's A Lot More Than Picking Up And Delivering Packages

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Adam is a Bicycle Messenger working in San Francisco, delivering packages and pedaling more than one-hundred miles a week. He shares how he took his passion for cycling and made a career out of it and describes why being a messenger is lots of hard work and responsibility.

Job Title: Bicycle Messenger

Job Summary: Couriers and Messengers

Job Description

Couriers and messengers transport documents and packages for individuals, businesses, institutions, and government agencies. Couriers and messengers usually travel by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public transportation.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Most courier and messenger jobs do not have strict education requirements. However, a high school diploma or its equivalent can be helpful in finding a job. Some employers will only hire candidates who have a high school diploma or GED.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$15,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Verbal communication skills, People skills, Organizational skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
Recommended majors
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Transportation
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<span m='15630'>So</span> <span m='16350'>you</span> <span m='16440'>never</span> <span m='16600'>really</span> <span m='16790'>know</span> <span m='16900'>what</span> <span m='17000'>you're</span> <span m='17100'>going</span> <span m='17190'>to</span> <span m='17230'>expect.</span> </p><p><span m='17770'>Do</span> <span m='18270'>you have an</span> <span m='18770'>average of</span> <span m='19270'>how many miles</span> <span m='19570'>you ride?</span> </p><p><span m='23420'>Weekly,</span> <span m='25281'>I'd</span> <span m='25660'>say</span> <span m='25870'>like,</span> <span m='26070'>probably</span> <span m='26320'>150.</span> <span m='27772'>Maybe</span> <span m='28140'>a</span> <span m='28190'>little</span> <span m='28340'>bit</span> <span m='28440'>more.</span> <span m='28970'>I</span> <span m='29320'>did some</span> <span m='29430'>college</span> <span m='29750'>right</span> <span m='30070'>after</span> <span m='30350'>high</span> <span m='30460'>school.</span> <span m='31500'>I</span> <span m='31560'>was a</span> <span m='31720'>cyclist</span> <span m='32170'>to</span> <span m='32369'>begin</span> <span m='32590'>with.</span> <span m='32780'>I</span> <span m='32870'>rode</span> <span m='33050'>everywhere.</span> <span m='33800'>Didn't</span> <span m='34120'>drive.</span> <span m='34880'>And</span> <span m='35180'>I got</span> <span m='35350'>kind</span> <span m='35600'>of</span> <span m='35700'>sick</span> <span m='35810'>of</span> <span m='35850'>school</span> <span m='37140'>after</span> <span m='37400'>I</span> <span m='37460'>finished.</span> <span m='37920'>I</span> <span m='38010'>didn't really</span> <span m='38200'>know what</span> <span m='38440'>I wanted</span> <span m='38560'>to</span> <span m='38700'>do,</span> <span m='38880'>and I</span> <span m='38920'>liked</span> <span m='39230'>cycling,</span> <span m='39620'>so</span> <span m='40530'>it</span> <span m='40630'>was</span> <span m='40770'>a</span> <span m='40790'>way</span> <span m='40920'>for</span> <span m='41020'>me</span> <span m='41140'>ride</span> <span m='41350'>my</span> <span m='41460'>bike</span> <span m='41720'>all</span> <span m='41860'>day</span> <span m='42210'>and</span> <span m='42340'>make</span> <span m='42490'>money</span> <span m='42700'>doing</span> <span m='42960'>it,</span> <span m='43450'>and</span> <span m='43520'>that's</span> <span m='43690'>why</span> <span m='43800'>I</span> <span m='43870'>chose</span> <span m='44130'>to</span> <span m='44210'>do</span> <span m='44360'>it.</span> <span m='45330'>It's a</span> <span m='45740'>lot</span> <span m='45930'>harder</span> <span m='46130'>than</span> <span m='46270'>you</span> <span m='46320'>think</span> <span m='46550'>it</span> <span m='46640'>is.</span> </p><p><span m='48350'>Yeah.</span> <span m='49470'>I</span> <span m='49570'>mean,</span> <span m='49770'>it's</span> <span m='49930'>kind</span> <span m='50080'>of</span> <span m='50160'>a</span> <span m='52070'>career</span> <span m='52370'>path</span> <span m='52630'>that's</span> <span m='53130'>glorified,</span> <span m='54300'>but</span> <span m='54680'>it's</span> <span m='54820'>a</span> <span m='54860'>lot</span> <span m='55010'>of</span> <span m='55090'>hard</span> <span m='55200'>work,</span> <span m='56110'>eight</span> <span m='56240'>hours</span> <span m='56510'>a day on</span> <span m='56795'>a bike,</span> <span m='57080'>40</span> <span m='57390'>hours</span> <span m='57600'>a</span> <span m='57660'>week.</span> <span m='58010'>It's</span> <span m='58240'>a lot.</span> <span m='59450'>And</span> <span m='60500'>you</span> <span m='60630'>have</span> <span m='60790'>to</span> <span m='60890'>do</span> <span m='61290'>this</span> <span m='61540'>a</span> <span m='61610'>lot</span> <span m='61840'>more</span> <span m='62100'>intensive</span> <span m='62580'>than</span> <span m='62730'>you</span> <span m='62810'>think</span> <span m='63160'>when</span> <span m='63300'>it</span> <span m='63370'>comes</span> <span m='63600'>to</span> <span m='63710'>certain</span> <span m='63970'>deliveries.</span> <span m='64580'>You</span> <span m='64680'>have</span> <span m='65620'>stuff</span> <span m='65680'>you're</span> <span m='65810'>doing</span> <span m='66070'>with</span> <span m='66260'>court</span> <span m='66890'>filings</span> <span m='67630'>and</span> <span m='67820'>things</span> <span m='68090'>that are</span> <span m='68270'>legal</span> <span m='69190'>documents,</span> <span m='69810'>and</span> <span m='69950'>you</span> <span m='70030'>have</span> <span m='70160'>to</span> <span m='70240'>make</span> <span m='70400'>sure</span> <span m='70520'>everything's</span> <span m='70940'>done</span> <span m='71170'>properly,</span> <span m='71750'>or</span> <span m='72920'>the</span> <span m='73190'>heat can</span> <span m='73350'>come back</span> <span m='73520'>down</span> <span m='73820'>on you.</span> </p><p><span m='74130'>So</span> <span m='75040'>there's</span> <span m='75190'>a</span> <span m='75250'>lot</span> <span m='75410'>more</span> <span m='75580'>involved</span> <span m='76010'>than</span> <span m='76120'>just</span> <span m='76310'>picking</span> <span m='76540'>up</span> <span m='76600'>a</span> <span m='76660'>package</span> <span m='77070'>and</span> <span m='77140'>delivering</span> <span m='77530'>it.</span> <span m='78300'>Don't</span> <span m='78540'>do</span> <span m='78670'>it.</span> <span m='81110'>Go</span> <span m='81240'>to</span> <span m='81330'>school,</span> <span m='82710'>pick</span> <span m='82890'>something</span> <span m='83160'>else,</span> <span m='84220'>because</span> <span m='85460'>it's</span> <span m='85640'>not</span> <span m='85800'>a</span> <span m='85840'>very</span> <span m='86050'>lucrative</span> <span m='86460'>business.</span> <span m='87540'>You</span> <span m='87740'>definitely</span> <span m='88110'>have</span> <span m='88280'>to</span> <span m='88390'>love</span> <span m='88640'>what</span> <span m='88770'>you</span> <span m='88880'>do.</span> <span m='89810'>It's</span> <span m='90740'>one</span> <span m='90910'>of</span> <span m='90950'>those</span> <span m='91220'>things,</span> <span m='91510'>sometimes</span> <span m='92050'>it's</span> <span m='92190'>a</span> <span m='92240'>quality</span> <span m='92590'>of</span> <span m='92670'>life</span> <span m='92910'>issue,</span> <span m='93230'>and</span> <span m='94810'>you're</span> <span m='94970'>not</span> <span m='95130'>in</span> <span m='95300'>for</span> <span m='95420'>the</span> <span m='95520'>money,</span> <span m='95900'>which</span> <span m='96130'>is</span> <span m='96290'>definitely</span> <span m='96540'>my</span> <span m='96710'>case.</span> </p>","file":{"id":331012,"video_id":"2984872969001","name":"1687-Adam-p-BikeMessanger","duration":97826,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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