Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 43-5021 Couriers and Messengers
Pick up and carry messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance. Exclude "Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services" (53-3033).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: 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.
Tasks: Deliver and pick up medical records, lab specimens, and medications to and from hospitals and other medical facilities. Obtain signatures and payments, or arrange for recipients to make payments. Record information, such as items received and delivered and recipients' responses to messages. Receive messages or materials to be delivered, and information on recipients, such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, and delivery instructions, communicated via telephone, two-way radio, or in person. Load vehicles with listed goods, ensuring goods are loaded correctly and taking precautions with hazardous goods. Walk, ride bicycles, drive vehicles, or use public conveyances to reach destinations to deliver messages or materials. Sort items to be delivered according to the delivery route. Deliver messages and items, such as newspapers, documents, and packages, between establishment departments, and to other establishments and private homes. Unload and sort items collected along delivery routes. Plan and follow the most efficient routes for delivering goods. Check with home offices after completed deliveries to confirm deliveries and collections and to receive instructions for other deliveries. Perform routine maintenance on delivery vehicles, such as monitoring fluid levels and replenishing fuel.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.79   Entry $18,285.00
Mean $12.85   Mean $26,715.00
Experience $14.87 Experience $30,934.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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43-5021.00 Couriers and Messengers