Postal clerks calculate postage for letters, parcels, and registered mail and receive payment at sales counters/postal wickets. They also sell stamps, prepaid mail/money orders, route mail, and perform other related clerical activities.
Mail sorters and mail room clerks sort, label, bag, and route mail in mail processing plants/internal mail rooms.
Letter carriers sort and deliver mail, record delivery of registered mail, and collect payments of cash-on-delivery parcels.
Couriers and messengers pick up and deliver letters, packages, tickets, parcels, and other items, travelling on foot or by bicycle within prescribed time periods.
Door-to-door distributors deliver flyers, handbills, newspapers, and similar items to residences/businesses.
1. Transportation and warehousing - 68.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 9.0%
3. Retail trade - 8.0%
4. Public administration - 3.0%
5. Advertising and related services - 3.0%
6. Finance and insurance - 2.0%
1. You need some high school.
2. To be a mail and postal clerk or mail sorter, you may need a high school diploma and some college office administration courses. With experience/additional training, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or facility manager.
3. To be a letter carrier at Canada Post Corporation, you receive between two weeks and one month of training. With experience/additional training, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
4. To be a courier, messenger or door-to-door distributor, you need to be eligible for bonding and may need to be physically fit. You may be able to move into either a clerical or delivery driver position in the company and, with experience, may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
5. Many recent entrants have either an undergraduate university degree or a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Mail and Message Distribution Occupations is $16.05/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.
4% of Mail and Message Distribution Occupations are unemployed. This rate is below the average for intermediate occupations.