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  • $28,029
  • 95,000
  • 2.8
  • 11.5%
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Although there are no educational requirements for entering the occupation, employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates. Almost all couriers and messengers are required to have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Couriers typically train informally on the job. They usually work alongside an experienced courier or messenger for one to two weeks and help with tasks such as loading and unloading packages and collecting signatures or payments. Once trainees understand the collection and delivery process, they are generally expected to work on their own. Many courier and delivery contractors specialize in delivering sensitive items, such as medical specimens or donated organs. In these cases, employers generally provide specific training that may last from several hours to a few days, depending on the item.

Accurate record keeping is necessary for tracking deliveries, payments, signatures, and other important information. This is especially true for self-employed couriers. Because couriers frequently interact with clients, they must be courteous, polite, and ready to answer customers’ questions regarding deliveries, payments, and other issues.

Couriers spend a considerable amount of time travelling to make deliveries. Therefore, they must be familiar with delivery routes and areas and have a good sense of direction. They must often make deliveries on tight time schedules. As a result, they must be able to plan their day and make deliveries efficiently so items do not arrive late.

What are Couriers like?


Based on our pool of users, Couriers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Couriers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 362 Sokanu users

Are Couriers happy?


Couriers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 15th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Courier Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Couriers

The most common degree held by Couriers is Economics. 10% of Couriers had a degree in Economics before becoming Couriers. That is over 3 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among Couriers, representing 8% of Couriers in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.3 times the average.

Courier Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Courier, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Couriers % of population Multiple
Economics 10.4% 3.9% 2.7×
Business Management And Administration 8.3% 6.5% 1.3×
History 8.3% 2.2% 3.8×
English Literature 6.3% 4.9% 1.3×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 6.3% 1.6% 3.9×
Psychology 6.3% 6.9% 0.9×
Computer Science 5.2% 2.8% 1.8×
Liberal Arts 5.2% 1.9% 2.7×
Communications 4.2% 3.4% 1.2×
Linguistics 4.2% 0.8% 5.1×
Fine Arts 3.1% 2.0% 1.6×
Music 3.1% 0.8% 3.9×
Studio Arts 3.1% 0.5% 5.7×
Business 3.1% 2.4% 1.3×
Business Economics 3.1% 0.8% 4.1×
Mathematics 3.1% 1.9% 1.7×
Computer Engineering 3.1% 0.6% 5.6×
Art History 3.1% 0.7% 4.6×
Physics 3.1% 1.0% 3.1×
Political Science 3.1% 2.9% 1.1×

Courier Education Levels

74% of Couriers have a high school diploma. 22% of Couriers have an associate's degree.

No education 3%
High school diploma 74%
Associate's degree 22%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $28,029
  • 95,000
  • 2.8
  • 11.5%
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