Mail sorters are responsible for sorting incoming and outgoing mail, as well as sorting and routing mail to the correct destinations; this may be done manually or with the aid of a sorting machine. Mail sorters should also be able to troubleshoot these machines and make minor repairs or call a technician when necessary.
Outgoing mail must be checked for accuracy, and it may be necessary to operate company vehicles to send mail at a post office or shipping center. Some mail is collected at post office boxes, so a valid driver’s license is required for this position. When rerouting mail, it may be important to optimize shipping space and weight, and the job often requires lifting heavy loads of mail. Mail sorters often stand for a large part of the day, so many employers have minimum physical requirements. In some jobs, data from packages and letters must be entered into a database, so 10-key skills are also beneficial.
A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and both part-time and full-time positions are available. Some positions are carried out in the daytime, while others occur late at night. Although much of the work is done independently, team coordination is important in order to properly handle mail.
Mail Sorter Tasks
Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution.
Weighs packages or letters, computes charges using weight scale and rate chart.
Duties include time stamping, opening, reading, sorting, and routing incoming mail; sealing, stamping, and affixing postage to outgoing mail or packages; and keeping necessary records.