Couriers and Messengers
On the Job
Couriers and Messengers pick up and deliver messages, documents, or packages between offices. They may walk, bike, or drive cars.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Obtain written authorization to perform activities.
- Record shipping information.
- Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
- Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
- Relay information between personnel.
- Deliver items.
- Load materials or equipment.
- Unload materials or equipment.
- Provide notifications to customers or patrons.
- Operate office equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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