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Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service.   (O'Net 43-5053.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Assorter, Automation Clerk, Computer Forwarding System Markup Clerk (CFS Markup Clerk), Data Conversion Operator, Dead Mail Checker, Distribution Clerk, Distributor, Equipment Operator, File Conversion Operator, Flat Sorter Operator, Flat Sorter Processor, Flat Sorting Machine Clerk (FSM Clerk), Letter Sorting Machine Operator (LSM Operator), Mail Distribution Clerk, Mail Distribution Scheme Examiner, Mail Distributor, Mail Examiner, Mail Forwarding System Markup Clerk, Mail Handler, Mail Handler Sorter, Mail Opener, Mail Processing, Mail Processor, Mail Sorter, Mail Weigher, Mailing Section Clerk, Operations Label Clerk, Parcel Post Distribution Machine Operator (PDPMO), Post Office Markup Clerk, Postal Clerk, Postal Service Mail Processor, Postal Transportation Clerk, Registry Clerk, Small Package and Bundle Sorter Clerk (SPBS Clerk), Sorter, Sorting Machine Operator, Window Clerk, ZMT Operator (Zip Mail Translator Operator)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 15.63   $ 18.38   $ 27.03   $ 27.31   $ 27.55   $ 23.89  
    Yearly $32,510   $38,240   $56,220   $56,800   $57,300   $49,690  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.63   $ 16.24   $ 27.30   $ 27.31   $ 27.87   $ 23.76  
    Yearly $32,510   $33,780   $56,790   $56,800   $57,980   $49,410  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.63   $ 18.84   $ 27.03   $ 27.31   $ 27.54   $ 24.13  
    Yearly $32,510   $39,190   $56,220   $56,800   $57,290   $50,200  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 320 237 -3.0% 4
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 100.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
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  • Direct items according to established routing schemes, using computer-controlled keyboards or voice-recognition equipment.
     
  • Bundle, label, and route sorted mail to designated areas, depending on destinations and according to established procedures and deadlines.
     
  • Serve the public at counters or windows, such as by selling stamps and weighing parcels.
     
  • Supervise other mail sorters.
     
  • Train new workers.
     
  • Distribute incoming mail into the correct boxes or pigeonholes.
     
  • Operate various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, addressographs, mimeographs, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
     
  • Search directories to find correct addresses for redirected mail.
     
  • Clear jams in sorting equipment.
     
  • Check items to ensure that addresses are legible and correct, that sufficient postage has been paid or the appropriate documentation is attached, and that items are in a suitable condition for processing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated December 2005
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated December 2005
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated December 2005
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated December 2005
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated December 2005
     


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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators  updated December 2005
     


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