Postal Service Mail Sorters
On the Job
Postal Service Mail Sorters prepare mail for distribution. They examine, sort, and route mail. They sometimes operate mail-sorting machinery.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Load materials or equipment.
- Package objects for shipping.
- Unload materials or equipment.
- Obtain personal or financial information about customers or applicants.
- Attach identification information to products, items or containers.
- Sort mail.
- Operate computers or computerized equipment.
- Train personnel.
- Verify shipping documentation.
- Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Repeating the same motions many times.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
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