Job Description of a Courier for Federal Express

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Job Description of a Courier for Federal Express
Federal Express couriers pick up and deliver packages. (box image by Pefkos from Fotolia.com)

A Federal Express (FedEx) courier is someone who picks up and delivers packages to homes and businesses. Federal Express couriers specialise in quick delivery and usually deliver items to a specific region. They spend almost all their time on the road, stopping only long enough to drop off documents and packages, and can work long hours, weekends and some holidays.

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Basics

Federal Express couriers are easily recognisable because they make deliveries in a box truck adorned with the company’s popular purple and orange “FedEx” logo. In rare instances, a courier will make the majority of deliveries by foot. Federal Express couriers typically pick up packages from a central office each morning before delivering them to various locations in their assigned area. Sometimes, they help load the packages. They are responsible for unloading all of them. Upon delivery, they ask the receiving party for a signature (although FedEx couriers often will leave a box or document on a door step if no one is home).

Skills

A Federal Express courier needs to be highly organised, professional and possess a good driving record. He needs to work well by himself, since he drives the truck and makes pickups and deliveries alone. He also must be able to follow instructions from dispatchers and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. On top of those things, it’s important that FedEx couriers have a sense of direction.

Background

There are no educational requirements to become a Federal Express courier, although most possess a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many work for the company in some other capacity, such as a handler or in the warehouse, before becoming a courier. Most are able to learn on the job, with a clean driving record and a strong work ethic being the best background a courier can have.

Prospects

More than 122,000 workers were employed as couriers in May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That number is not expected to change much during the 2008-18 decade, the BLS reported. While the BLS provided no specific data on Federal Express couriers, it is assumed their jobs will remain steady along with the rest of the industry.

Earnings

Federal Express couriers earned a median salary of £25,025 per year in March 2010, according to PayScale.com. That figure was largely based on the courier’s experience, as well as the location in which she worked. Meanwhile, the BLS reported that couriers earned a median hourly wage of £6.90 in May 2008.

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