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Courier Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 92,900 Couriers in the United States. The Courier job market is expected to grow by 5.2% between 2014 and 2024.

Courier Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Couriers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 16,500 Couriers. That number is based on 4,800 additional Couriers, and the retirement of 11,700 existing Couriers.

Demand for Couriers

Demand for couriers is declining slightly, reflecting the widespread use of electronic information handling technologies. E-mail, instant messaging and collaboration systems, and the ability to scan and store documents digitally reduce the need to have couriers deliver documents. The growing acceptance of online signatures, even on financial and legal forms, may further reduce the need for traditional couriers. *On the other hand, parcels; medical and dental specimens and samples; passports, securities, blueprints, and other business documents must be delivered in person, often for verification and/or legal purposes. Invariably, some applicants to this occupation seek short-term or part-time employment. This will likely sustain some openings in the field; however, not enough to counter the losses incurred by electronic couriering.

Supply of Couriers

The Courier industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and New York.

Courier Job Market by State

State name Employed Couriers
California 12,820
Texas 5,750
New York 5,650
Florida 4,040
Puerto Rico 2,650
Pennsylvania 2,640
Tennessee 2,430
Illinois 2,370
New Jersey 2,270
Michigan 2,070
Massachusetts 2,020
Ohio 1,960
Alabama 1,680
Georgia 1,560
North Carolina 1,550
Wisconsin 1,510
Virginia 1,500
Louisiana 1,340
Washington 1,320
Nevada 1,160
South Carolina 1,110
Indiana 1,090
Kentucky 940
Colorado 940
Missouri 910
Nebraska 870
Oregon 870
Minnesota 830
Kansas 730
Oklahoma 700
Mississippi 690
Maryland 670
Arizona 620
Connecticut 590
New Hampshire 540
Iowa 530
Arkansas 490
New Mexico 460
Utah 460
Idaho 450
Hawaii 410
District of Columbia 370
West Virginia 320
Vermont 320
Rhode Island 220
North Dakota 210
Alaska 160
South Dakota 160
Montana 130
Guam 130
Wyoming 100
Virgin Islands 50

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