The post office has specific hiring practices and procedures for its applicants. Most entry-level positions will require applicants to take a written postal exam. If an applicant passes the exam (typically with a score of 70 or above), he or she will be eligible to apply for any of the postal service clerk positions posted by the post office throughout its branches. Approximately one month after the position has closed and applications have been reviewed, the postal service will contact interested and qualified applicants for interviews to determine the best fit for open positions. Newly hired postal service clerks can be classified as part-time or full-time workers but are rarely considered to be salaried, overtime-exempt personnel.

Upon being hired, new clerks will be quickly trained on postal service regulations and procedures. This will include training on the sorting of incoming mail, whether it is done manually or by the operation of an electronic sorting machine. Some branches may also use optical character readers, which can quickly scan and discern the final destination of packages and parcels brought in by customers and greatly reduce the need for a clerk in sorting.

What are Postal Service Clerks like?


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

Postal Service Clerks by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 178 Sokanu users

Are Postal Service Clerks happy?


Postal service clerks rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 2nd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Postal Service Clerk Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Postal Service Clerks

The most common degree held by postal service clerks is Psychology. 7% of postal service clerks had a degree in psychology before becoming postal service clerks. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Game Design graduates are the second most common among postal service clerks, representing 3% of postal service clerks in the Sokanu user base, which is 20.1 times the average.

Postal Service Clerk Education History

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

Degree % of postal service clerks % of population Multiple
Psychology 6.6% 6.5% 1.0×
Game Design 3.3% 0.2% 20.1×
Business Management And Administration 2.2% 6.3% 0.4×
Early Childhood Education 2.2% 0.5% 4.5×
History 2.2% 2.1% 1.0×
Political Science 2.2% 2.8% 0.8×
Fine Arts 1.7% 1.9% 0.9×
Communications 1.7% 3.2% 0.5×
Criminal Justice 1.7% 1.3% 1.3×
Medical And Health Services 1.1% 0.2% 4.6×

Postal Service Clerk Education Levels

68% of postal service clerks have a high school diploma. 25% of postal service clerks have an associate's degree.

No education 8%
High school diploma 68%
Associate's degree 25%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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