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Couriers and Messengers

Couriers and Messengers
Quick Facts : Couriers and Messengers*
2010 Median Pay$24,080
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012116,200
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change14,600

Couriers and messengers transport documents and packages for individuals, businesses, institutions, and government agencies. They provide door-to-door delivery service for a variety of clients, including law offices, banks, and hospitals. Most workers specialize in local deliveries, often in large urban areas.

What Couriers and Messengers Do

  • Pick up and deliver items to their final destinations
  • Verify delivery information, such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers
  • Plan and follow the most efficient routes for delivery
  • Collect necessary payments and signatures from clients
  • Record delivery information, such as time of delivery and recipient's name

Work Environment

Couriers and messengers usually travel by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public transportation. While most couriers and messengers work full time during regular business hours, evening and weekend hours are common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of couriers and messengers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, since medical and dental laboratories will require their services to send a growing number of medical samples and specimens.
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In May 2010, the average salary of couriers and messengers was $24,080.
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Becoming a Couriers and Messengers

Employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates even though there is no educational requirement. Most couriers and messengers train on the job are usually required to have a valid state driver's license and a good driving record.
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