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Mail Workers, Except Postal Service
(SOC Code : 43-9051)
in California

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.

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

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20211st Qtr$18.43$14.24$16.52$21.76

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 20286,5006,300-200-3.16,920

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Advertising and Related Services 12,11911.4%
Business Support Services 4,82110.5%
Legal Services 44,1677.0%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,2125.1%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 33,0324.6%
Employment Services 4,8124.3%
Colleges and Universities 1,7494.1%
Insurance Agencies, Brokerages & Support23,4283.5%
Office Administrative Services 5,2482.8%
Activities Rel to Credit Intermediation 2,6172.3%
Newspaper, Book, & Directory Publishers 3,5632.2%
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,1882.1%
Insurance Carriers 1,0901.9%
Religious Organizations 25,7941.7%
Depository Credit Intermediation 8,1931.6%
Other Financial Investment Activities 24,4531.5%
Professional and Similar Organizations 10,6151.5%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,5211.1%

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Seal or open envelopes, by hand or by using machines.
Affix postage to packages or letters by hand, or stamp materials, using postage meters.
Verify that items are addressed correctly, marked with the proper postage, and in suitable condition for processing.
Place incoming or outgoing letters or packages into sacks or bins based on destination or type, and place identifying tags on sacks or bins.
Clear jams in sortation equipment.
Weigh packages or letters to determine postage needed, using weighing scales and rate charts.
Sort and route incoming mail, and collect outgoing mail, using carts as necessary.
Determine manner in which mail is to be sent, and prepare it for delivery to mailing facilities.
Lift and unload containers of mail or parcels onto equipment for transportation to sortation stations.
Wrap packages or bundles by hand, or by using tying machines.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
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.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Data for Abilities not available.

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

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

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