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Couriers and Messengers
(SOC Code : 43-5021)
in San Luis Obispo County

Pick up and carry messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance. Exclude "Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services" (53-3033).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

San Luis Obispo County is the same as San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande MSA20161st Qtr$13.73$10.75$12.01$16.07

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
San Luis Obispo County 2014 - 202490190100111.111

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in San Luis Obispo County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Couriers and Messengers 128.3%
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3912.7%
Legal Services 3946.5%
Office Administrative Services 152.6%
Architectural and Engineering Services 2702.6%
Offices of Physicians 4632.5%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 92.4%
Business Support Services 641.9%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 1861.8%
Depository Credit Intermediation 951.4%

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Walk, ride bicycles, drive vehicles, or use public conveyances to reach destinations to deliver messages or materials.
Load vehicles with listed goods, ensuring goods are loaded correctly and taking precautions with hazardous goods.
Receive messages or materials to be delivered, and information on recipients, such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, and delivery instructions, communicated via telephone, two-way radio, or in person.
Unload and sort items collected along delivery routes.
Plan and follow the most efficient routes for delivering goods.
Deliver messages and items, such as newspapers, documents, and packages, between establishment departments, and to other establishments and private homes.
Sort items to be delivered according to the delivery route.
Obtain signatures and payments, or arrange for recipients to make payments.
Record information, such as items received and delivered and recipients` responses to messages.
Check with home offices after completed deliveries to confirm deliveries and collections and to receive instructions for other deliveries.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Data for Abilities not available.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
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.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - 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.
Conventional - 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.

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