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LETTER CARRIER: You Can't Be A Lazy Person To Be A Letter Carrier

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Charles, a Letter Carrier, shares what a typical day looks like for him, how and why he decided to work for the U.S. Postal Service and provides advice for those interested in getting into this line of work. Although the job isn't that physically demanding you can't be a lazy person if you want to be a letter carrier.

Job Title: Letter Carrier
Employer: United State Postal Service

Job Summary: Postal Service Mail Carriers

Job Description

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

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-20 to -10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Organizational skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='14290'>supervisor--</span> <span m='16590'>she's</span> <span m='16850'>like my</span> <span m='17080'>big</span> <span m='17280'>sister,</span> <span m='19160'>my</span> <span m='19360'>supervisor.</span> <span m='20730'>And</span> <span m='21390'>just</span> <span m='21600'>have</span> <span m='21770'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='23162'>I sort</span> <span m='23530'>my</span> <span m='23930'>mail</span> <span m='24335'>up,</span> <span m='25300'>case</span> <span m='25600'>my mail,</span> <span m='27130'>get</span> <span m='27260'>everything</span> <span m='27580'>together.</span> <span m='28340'>I</span> <span m='28400'>load</span> <span m='28730'>up</span> <span m='29080'>my</span> <span m='29150'>vehicle.</span> <span m='31311'>And</span> <span m='31800'>start</span> <span m='31930'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='32170'>my</span> <span m='32280'>customers</span> <span m='32880'>and</span> <span m='32990'>make</span> <span m='33150'>it</span> <span m='33240'>a</span> <span m='33290'>happy</span> <span m='33640'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='34710'>First</span> <span m='34750'>I was</span> <span m='34900'>going to</span> <span m='35760'>college.</span> <span m='36610'>When</span> <span m='36760'>I</span> <span m='36800'>was</span> <span m='36920'>younger,</span> <span m='37290'>I</span> <span m='37650'>was</span> <span m='38020'>really</span> <span m='38300'>undecided.</span> <span m='39040'>But</span> <span m='39180'>I</span> <span m='39310'>took a</span> <span m='39410'>test</span> <span m='40250'>while</span> <span m='40510'>I was</span> <span m='40770'>going</span> <span m='42410'>to college.</span> </p><p><span m='42660'>I was</span> <span m='42780'>going</span> <span m='43060'>to</span> <span m='43340'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='43990'>College.</span> <span m='45430'>Went to</span> <span m='45500'>City</span> <span m='45770'>College</span> <span m='46170'>in</span> <span m='46620'>San Francisco.</span> <span m='47295'>I think</span> <span m='47580'>that was</span> <span m='47670'>the</span> <span m='47860'>last</span> <span m='48170'>school</span> <span m='48500'>I went to.</span> <span m='49860'>I</span> <span m='49930'>got</span> <span m='50190'>38</span> <span m='50580'>units</span> <span m='51140'>out</span> <span m='51350'>of it.</span> </p><p><span m='52142'>But</span> <span m='52490'>then</span> <span m='52750'>I</span> <span m='53020'>ended up</span> <span m='53230'>having</span> <span m='54230'>a</span> <span m='54280'>daughter</span> <span m='55010'>and a</span> <span m='55400'>son--</span> <span m='55610'>they're</span> <span m='55720'>grown</span> <span m='56080'>now.</span> <span m='57260'>Had</span> <span m='57620'>a</span> <span m='57670'>son</span> <span m='57900'>and a</span> <span m='58040'>daughter,</span> <span m='58930'>and I</span> <span m='59180'>said,</span> <span m='60410'>I got</span> <span m='60500'>to</span> <span m='60540'>get</span> <span m='60650'>a</span> <span m='60700'>job,</span> <span m='61100'>got to</span> <span m='61180'>work.</span> <span m='61670'>School</span> <span m='62050'>is</span> <span m='62100'>cool,</span> <span m='62510'>but</span> <span m='62710'>I</span> <span m='62750'>had</span> <span m='62940'>to</span> <span m='63000'>work,</span> <span m='63320'>make</span> <span m='63480'>some</span> <span m='63600'>money,</span> <span m='63955'>to</span> <span m='64310'>take</span> <span m='64610'>care</span> <span m='64760'>of</span> <span m='64800'>my</span> <span m='64950'>children.</span> </p><p><span m='65760'>And</span> <span m='66115'>I took</span> <span m='66470'>the test</span> <span m='66690'>for the</span> <span m='66810'>post</span> <span m='67220'>office.</span> <span m='69880'>I</span> <span m='70080'>started out,</span> <span m='70250'>I was</span> <span m='71530'>25</span> <span m='72230'>years</span> <span m='72420'>old.</span> <span m='73850'>I</span> <span m='73960'>made</span> <span m='74120'>a</span> <span m='74160'>career</span> <span m='74550'>out</span> <span m='74790'>of it.</span> <span m='75250'>I'</span> <span m='75710'>still here</span> <span m='75980'>to this day,</span> <span m='76370'>and</span> <span m='76530'>I'm</span> <span m='76630'>still</span> <span m='77720'>young</span> <span m='77980'>at</span> <span m='78110'>heart.</span> </p><p><span m='78760'>I</span> <span m='78860'>say</span> <span m='79140'>it's not</span> <span m='79290'>made</span> <span m='79450'>for</span> <span m='79690'>everyone.</span> <span m='80170'>Because</span> <span m='80510'>what</span> <span m='80720'>I</span> <span m='80870'>do--</span> <span m='81520'>you're a</span> <span m='81740'>carrier,</span> <span m='82850'>you're</span> <span m='82940'>walking.</span> <span m='83680'>There's</span> <span m='83760'>not</span> <span m='83910'>a</span> <span m='83970'>lot</span> <span m='84260'>of</span> <span m='84390'>exercise</span> <span m='84560'>in walking,</span> <span m='84940'>but</span> <span m='85360'>to</span> <span m='85450'>me</span> <span m='85660'>it's</span> <span m='85780'>good</span> <span m='85910'>exercise.</span> </p><p><span m='86740'>But</span> <span m='88620'>everybody</span> <span m='89410'>is</span> <span m='89640'>always</span> <span m='89840'>asking,</span> <span m='90280'>I'd</span> <span m='90680'>like</span> <span m='90910'>to</span> <span m='90990'>be</span> <span m='91130'>a</span> <span m='91190'>mailman.</span> <span m='91500'>I'd</span> <span m='91590'>like</span> <span m='91730'>to</span> <span m='91830'>do</span> <span m='92000'>what</span> <span m='92100'>you're</span> <span m='92230'>doing.</span> <span m='92720'>You</span> <span m='92860'>work</span> <span m='93040'>for the</span> <span m='93200'>government.</span> <span m='94280'>Seems</span> <span m='94720'>like</span> <span m='94860'>you're</span> <span m='95000'>making</span> <span m='95280'>good</span> <span m='96970'>money.</span> </p><p><span m='97960'>Money's</span> <span m='98260'>cool,</span> <span m='99010'>but</span> <span m='99210'>can</span> <span m='99400'>you</span> <span m='99530'>do</span> <span m='99750'>the</span> <span m='99930'>job,</span> <span m='100730'>that's</span> <span m='100970'>what I</span> <span m='101370'>always say.</span> <span m='102280'>You</span> <span m='102860'>can't</span> <span m='103040'>be</span> <span m='104830'>a lazy</span> <span m='105190'>person.</span> <span m='106356'>It's</span> <span m='106720'>a little</span> <span m='106990'>physical--</span> <span m='107610'>not</span> <span m='107790'>a</span> <span m='107860'>lot</span> <span m='108090'>of</span> <span m='108180'>physical,</span> <span m='108610'>but a</span> <span m='108740'>little</span> <span m='108990'>bit.</span> <span m='109270'>Because</span> <span m='109510'>we're</span> <span m='109640'>dealing</span> <span m='109850'>with</span> <span m='110470'>mail,</span> <span m='110990'>and</span> <span m='111280'>we're</span> <span m='111570'>dealing with</span> <span m='111960'>packages.</span> <span m='113920'>To</span> <span m='114210'>me,</span> <span m='114350'>it's</span> <span m='114510'>a</span> <span m='114550'>good</span> <span m='114720'>thing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":339102,"video_id":"3063256138001","name":"1745-Charles-p-LetterCarrier","duration":116867,"thumbnail_url":null}});