|Quick Facts: Couriers and Messengers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$24,080 per year
$11.58 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||116,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||13% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||14,600|
Couriers and messengers transport documents and packages for individuals, businesses, institutions, and government agencies.
Couriers and messengers usually travel by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public transportation. While most couriers and messengers work full time during regular business hours, evening and weekend hours are common.
Although there is no formal education requirement, employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates. Most couriers and messengers train informally on the job.
The median annual wage for couriers and messengers was $24,080 in May 2010.
Employment of couriers and messengers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who deliver sensitive items, such as blueprints and medical samples.
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