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Career and Education Opportunities for Postal Clerks in Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you want to be a postal clerk, the Chattanooga, Tennessee area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 1,610 working postal clerks in Tennessee; this should grow by 14% to about 1,830 working postal clerks in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for postal clerks are expected to shrink by about 18.0%. In general, postal clerks perform any combination of tasks in a post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags according to State, address, or other scheme; and examine mail for correct postage.

A person working as a postal clerk can expect to earn about $24 hourly or $51,040 annually on average in Tennessee and about $24 hourly or $51,040 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Postal clerks earn more than people working in the category of Postal generally in Tennessee and more than people in the Postal category nationally.

The Chattanooga area is home to twenty schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Chattanooga where you can get a degree as a postal clerk. Postal clerks usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so it will take only a short time to learn to be a postal clerk if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Postal Clerk

In general, postal clerks perform any combination of tasks in a post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags according to State, address, or other scheme; and examine mail for correct postage.

Postal clerks check mail in order to insure correct postage and that packages and letters are in proper condition for mailing. They also answer questions regarding mail regulations and procedures and post office boxes. Equally important, postal clerks have to complete forms regarding changes of address, or theft or loss of mail, or for special services such as registered or priority mail. They are often called upon to put undelivered parcels away, retrieve them when customers come to claim them, and complete any related documentation. Finally, postal clerks obtain signatures from recipients of registered or special delivery mail.

Every day, postal clerks are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for postal clerks to register and insure letters and parcels. They are often called upon to receive letters and parcels, and place mail into bags. They also furnish customers with assistance in filing claims for mail theft, or lost or damaged mail. They are sometimes expected to keep money drawers in order, and record and balance daily transactions. Somewhat less frequently, postal clerks are also expected to register and insure letters and parcels.

and post announcements or government data on public bulletin boards. And finally, they sometimes have to rent post office boxes to customers.

Like many other jobs, postal clerks must believe in cooperation and coordination and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Chattanooga include:

  • Courtroom Clerk. Perform clerical duties in court of law; prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges; and contact witnesses, attorneys, and litigants to obtain information for court.
  • Insurance Claims Processor. Obtain information from insured or designated persons for purpose of settling claim with insurance carrier.
  • License Clerk. Issue licenses or permits to qualified applicants. Obtain necessary information; record data; advise applicants on requirements; collect fees; and issue licenses. May conduct oral, written, or performance testing.
  • Mail Carrier and Clerk. Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.
  • Mail Clerk. Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.
  • Office Clerk. Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring limited knowledge of office management systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.
  • Postal Service Mail Sorter Operator. Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail by State, type of mail, or other scheme. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Must complete a competitive exam.
  • Statement Clerk. Prepare and distribute bank statements to customers, answer inquiries, and reconcile discrepancies in records and accounts.
  • Weighter. Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Postal Clerk Training

Northwestern Technical College - Rock Spring, GA

Northwestern Technical College, 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, GA 30739. Northwestern Technical College is a small college located in Rock Spring, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,335 students. Northwestern Technical College has a less than one year program in General Office Occupations and Clerical Services which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

Dalton State College - Dalton, GA

Dalton State College, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720-3797. Dalton State College is a small college located in Dalton, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 4,892 students. Dalton State College has a one to two year program in General Office Occupations and Clerical Services which graduated four students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee photo by Avala

Chattanooga is situated in Hamilton County, Tennessee. It has a population of over 170,880, which has grown by 9.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Chattanooga, 85, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Chattanooga are priced at $141,100 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, two hundred sixty-two new homes were built in Chattanooga, down from four hundred forty-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Chattanooga are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 21.5% of Chattanooga residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Chattanooga is 9.5%, which is less than Tennessee's average of 10.2%.

The percentage of Chattanooga residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.2%, is more than both the national and state average. Stuart Heights Baptist Church, Kings Point Church and Stanley United Methodist Church are some of the churches located in Chattanooga. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Non-Charismatic Churches Independent.

Chattanooga is home to the Creeks Bend Golf Club and the Concord Golf Course as well as Warner Park and Ross Landing City Park. Shopping malls in the area include Northgate Mall, Northgate Crossing Shopping Center and Lee Plaza East Shopping Center. Visitors to Chattanooga can choose from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Crystal Air Sport Motel and Hampton Inn Chattanooga I-75 North for temporary stays in the area.