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How Do I Become a Mail Handler?

Nicole Madison
Updated May 17, 2024
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The steps you'll have to take to become a mail handler may depend on where you live and the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply for a job. Many jurisdictions do not have strict educational requirements for this job, but you might boost your chances of being hired by graduating from high school or earning an equivalent diploma. You will likely need good reading and basic math ability for this job as well as a willingness to pay attention to detail. Many jurisdictions also set age and citizenship requirements for mail handlers and require successful applicants to meet certain physical standards and pass drug screening tests.

As with many jobs, the requirements for becoming a mail handler vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Often, however, jurisdictions do not set minimum education requirements for those who want to fill this position. Still, you may improve your chances of landing this job if you complete high school or earn a general educational development (GED) diploma. Often, employers choose to give the job to the candidate who has the highest level of education.

You will typically need some basic skills in order to become a mail handler. For example, many jurisdictions require applicants to speak the official language reasonably well, and basic math and reading skills are typically required. Additionally, you'll have to be able to handle the physical demands of the job. For example, you will likely have to stand on your feet for a long period of time, lift, bend, and reach. This job is considered both strenuous and repetitive, so it may not make the best choice if you have a health condition that results in pain when you perform strenuous activities.

Many jurisdictions also set minimum age and citizenship status requirements for those who want to become mail handlers. This means you will likely have to reach the legal age of adulthood in your jurisdiction before you can qualify for this job. Likewise, in most cases you will need to have citizenship status —or its equivalent — to become a mail handler. In many places, this means only citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this job.

You may also have to pass certain tests to become a mail handler. For example, in many places, you will have to pass a drug screening test to be eligible for this job. You may also have to pass a postal exam in some places.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Nicole Madison
By Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a WiseGeek writer, where she focuses on topics like homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. Her passion for knowledge is evident in the well-researched and informative articles she authors. As a mother of four, Nicole balances work with quality family time activities such as reading, camping, and beach trips.
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