How to Get a Job at the Post Office

USPS Career Options and Application Information

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Interested in working for the United States Postal Service (USPS)? From sorting and delivering mail to corporate positions, there are many different jobs and careers available with the USPS. In fact, the Postal Service is the third-largest civilian employer in the United States behind the federal government and Wal-Mart and employes some 617,000 workers. It also operates one of the largest civilian vehicle fleets in the world, with an estimated 227,896 vehicles.

USPS Employment and Job Search Information

USPS employment information, career opportunities, and exam information are available in the USPS Careers section of the USPS website. Search by keyword, location, and area of employment (i.e., delivery, sales, retail, etc.).

To apply for USPS jobs, you have to create an online eCareer Profile on the website. You'll need a valid email address to create your profile and apply for jobs. Additionally, you can download your resume to include with your application. At this point, the application system is not compatible with mobile devices.

A Breath of Job Options

The Postal Service offers a variety of careers. The agency offers a number of positions in delivery and operations, including mail carriers, mail handlers, and tractor-trailer operators. USPS also has many corporate career options in fields such as accounting, business, finance, human resources, legal, and marketing.

Opportunities for Students and Graduates

There are two programs for college students, recent graduates, and entry-level professionals to develop professional skills. The Management Foundations Program is a paid, 18-month internship program for graduates and entry-level workers to gain professional experience in a variety of positions.

Interns gain knowledge about the USPS through monthly training with top executives of the organization and rotate through various departments. Interns are offered jobs upon satisfactory completion of the program.

The Postal Service also has a 10-week Summer Intern Program, for current college juniors and seniors. In this program, interns work on a particular project related to the USPS.

Jobs for Transitioning Military

The USPS also works to provide career opportunities to military veterans, reservists, and their family members. Interested applicants can note their veteran’s preference on their online job application. With the number of locations nationwide, the USPS is an attractive employer for military families who often have the need to move frequently to stay together.

Career Development Opportunities

Along with the Management Foundations Program and the Summer Intern Program, the USPS has many other opportunities for employees to develop professionally. They offer a variety of internal training initiatives, including a New Supervisor Program designed to help new supervisors gain experience while learning management skills. Their Leadership Programs focus on different aspects and levels of management development for individuals who have demonstrated potential in the areas of management, corporate succession, and executive leadership.

Eligibility Requirements

The USPS eligibility requirements for candidates for employment include a minimum age, a high school diploma, citizenship or permanent resident status, recent employment history, criminal background check, and medical and drug screening assessment. If applicable, candidates must also be registered with Selective Service.

Here's a full list of United States Postal Service applicant requirements for all positions:

  • 18 years old at the time of appointment or 16 years old with a high school diploma
  • United States citizen, permanent resident, or citizen of American Samoa or other U.S. territory
  • Recent employment history
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, drug screening, and medical assessment
  • Safe driving record (if applicable)
  • Must be registered with Selective Service (if applicable)

There may be additional requirements based on the job for which you're applying so be sure to check for details in the job posting when you apply.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries are competitive with many private sector jobs, and when combined with the benefits available, the USPS is an attractive employer. They offer a variety of benefits, including dental, vision, health and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, retirement savings plans, generous vacation time and sick leave, and many types of education assistance, including career development and training.