Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Addressing Machine Operator
  • Addressograph Operator
  • Advertising Inserter
  • Canceling Machine Operator
  • Dead Mail Checker
  • Direct Mail Clerk
  • Direct Mail Coordinator
  • Distribution Clerk
  • Envelope Sealer Operator
  • Express Clerk
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What They Do

  • Wrap packages or bundles by hand, or by using tying machines.
  • Weigh packages or letters to determine postage needed, using weighing scales and rate charts.
  • Operate embossing machines or typewriters to make corrections, additions, and changes to address plates.
  • Verify that items are addressed correctly, marked with the proper postage, and in suitable condition for processing.
  • Inspect mail machine output for defects and determine how to eliminate causes of any defects.
  • Remove containers of sorted mail or parcels and transfer them to designated areas according to established procedures.
  • Sort and route incoming mail, and collect outgoing mail, using carts as necessary.
  • Remove from machines printed materials, such as labeled articles, postmarked envelopes or tape, and folded sheets.
  • Determine manner in which mail is to be sent, and prepare it for delivery to mailing facilities.
  • Affix postage to packages or letters by hand, or stamp materials, using postage meters.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $30,370 with most people making between $19,410 and $43,980

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,400 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 3,520 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 90 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.