Courier Job Description
Couriers pick up and deliver packages, documents and other items. Depending on the position, couriers may deliver by automobile, foot, bicycle, or public transportation.
Most couriers make only local deliveries, and these jobs are typically only available in large urban areas where they can guarantee same day delivery.
When a courier gets a call for a pickup or has to make a delivery, planning an effective travel route is a crucial part of the job. It takes a lot of experience to learn how to best navigate a large city, but this knowledge is necessary to ensure the timely delivery of packages.
Couriers make many pickups and deliveries each day, and work under constant pressure to make their deliveries on time. They often handle very important documents, including medical samples, passports, and financial documents, so they have to travel with care.
Some couriers specialize in making specific types of deliveries. For example, a medical laboratory may employ their own courier to deliver and pick up their medical supplies.
Because they typically only deliver packages between businesses, some couriers are able to maintain a regular working schedule. However, working evenings and weekends is also common.
Most couriers work full time.
How to Become a Courier
In most cases there aren’t any educational requirements for getting a job as a courier, but some employers prefer candidates with a high school diploma.
Employers provide on the job training to their couriers. Normally, the training lasts between one and two weeks, and involves working under the supervision of an experienced courier. Once the trainee learns how to collect and deliver packages, they start working on their own.
A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required for courier jobs that require the operation of motor vehicles.
There are currently 116,200 couriers in the United States, with 4,300 new courier job openings created each year.
Courier jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Courier salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most couriers make between $19,900 – $30,900 per year, or $9.55 – $14.86 per hour.