February 15th, 2013
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Become a Courier
Becoming a courier can be an exciting option for many individuals. Both as an employee and as a freelance courier, individuals in this field can expect to spend time traveling from place to place. The job entails spending time delivering packages, contracts and other parcels from one location to the next. For those who work as a freelance courier, it can be a very profitable.
Couriers, who are sometimes called messengers as well, transport documents and packages. This is done for government agencies, companies, individuals or other types of institutions. The prospects for individuals in this field are good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that those who work in this career will see about average growth over the next decade. This includes freelance and employee-based work.
What Training Is Required of Couriers?
There is no formal educational requirement for those who work as couriers. Most employers expect that individuals will have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some companies provide formal training on the job. That training may include working with another individual over a period of time until the new individual believes he or she has experience enough to work alone.
Short term, on the job training often involves learning computer software programs, passing CDL licensing (depending on the type of packages and parcels transported) and learning customer service skills. Individuals will not need previous work experience to gain their entry-level position, but to move up in the ranks to supervisor roles, this may be necessary.
Individuals who work as freelancers often set their own pay and provide their own vehicle for transporting items. Freelancers may also handle notary work, such as ensuring that contracts are signed by the right people.
What Are Jobs in This Career and What Do They Involve?
Individuals who work in this career can expect to work as a formal courier. Though most will work in the field as a courier going from one location to the next to deliver packages, there is often the ability to move up in the field. moving up may allow the individual to work as a supervisor, a logistics manager or even work as an owner in his or her own company.
The job duties of a courier involve gathering packages from one location and taking them to another. This can be heavy, physical work in some instances. In other cases, the job will involve meeting with clients or customers and arranging for large-scale deliveries. In some instances, individuals may work within government agencies or with larger institutions. The job, then, may be in-house, meaning the individual will take packages and parcels from one location within the facility to another.
The courier industry is expected to continue to grow. Though many people communicate through email and other electronic methods, the need for physical delivery of products, contracts and other items is something that must be done by hand. The industry is expected to grow at a rate of about 13 percent from 2010 through 2020. This could amount to an additional 14,600 jobs added to the nation overall.