Also known as Automation Clerk, Computer Forwarding System Markup Clerk (CFS Markup Clerk), Distribution Clerk, Flat Sorting Machine Clerk (FSM Clerk), Mail Handler, Mail Handler Equipment Operator, Mail Processing Clerk, Mail Processor, Parcel Post Distribution Machine Operator (PDPMO), Small Package and Bundle Sorter Clerk (SPBS Clerk)
Also known as Automation Clerk, Computer Forwarding System Markup Clerk (CFS Markup Clerk), Distribution Clerk
Mail Processors prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
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Mail Processors are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Mail Processors. More generally, Mail Processors are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Mail Processor is $53,140, and the average salary is $51,440. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Mail Processor salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Mail Processors earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Mail Processors earn less than $34,440 per year, 25% earn less than $37,770, 75% earn less than $62,980, and 90% earn less than $63,000.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Mail Processors is expected to change by -12.2%, and there should be roughly 7,000 open positions for Mail Processors every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Mail Processor are usually higher in their Conventional and Realistic interests.
Mail Processors typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Also, Mail Processors typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Mail Processor tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Mail Processors moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Mail Processors moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Mail Processors somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Mail Processors must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, attention to detail, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Mail Processors, ranked by importance:
Working as a Mail Processor usually requires a high school diploma.
Mail Processors need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Mail Processors may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, customer and personal service, or administrative knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Mail Processors might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Mail Processors must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Mail Processors need abilities such as near vision, manual dexterity, and information ordering in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Mail Processors, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Mail Processors frequently use skills like monitoring, critical thinking, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Mail Processors, ranked by their relative importance.
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