Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door Distributors

(NOC 1513)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between organizations. They work for courier service companies and throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 115 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door Distributors may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 45% of Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door Distributors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,436. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$19.64

Median

$29.79

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,599

Minimum

$15,690

Median

$56,447

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between organizations. They work for courier service companies and throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors:

  • Pick up messages, letters, envelopes, parcels, airline tickets, legal documents, packages, bonds, cheques, securities and other items from customers, and hand-deliver those to addresses within an organization or in other organizations by walking or cycling within set time periods.
  • Collect payment for items delivered.
  • Keep record of items received and delivered using delivery information acquisition devices.
  • Deliver newspapers, flyers, handbills, telephone directories and similar items to residences and businesses.

Sample job titles

  • courier
  • delivery person - courier service
  • door-to-door distributor
  • flyer distributor
  • mail courier - courier service
  • messenger-clerk
  • newspaper carrier and vendor
  • newspaper deliverer
  • office messenger
  • runner - courier service

Skills

You must be organized, responsible, and reliable. Your work must be accurate.

Job requirements

  • High school education may be required.
  • Eligibility for bonding may be required.

Other considerations

Ability to navigate streets and follow directions is usually required. Physical fitness is required for some jobs in this group. There is some movement into other delivery jobs like delivery drivers. There may be movement to clerical roles within the company. Movement to supervisor positions may be possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

905

employed in 2016

54.7%

employed full-time

18.8%

self employed

23.2%
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76.8%
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50.2

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.3%

Halifax

17.1%

North Shore

13.8%

Cape Breton

12.2%

Southern

11.6%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

47.9%

Transportation and warehousing

16.2%

Information and cultural industries

12.0%

Professional, scientific and technical services

11.3%

Retail trade

4.2%

Public administration

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

23.0%

55-64

14.0%

35-44

14.0%

15-24

10.0%

65+

8.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

33.1%

High school

$17,587 median annual income
32.0%

Less than high school

$10,942 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$14,865 median annual income
8.3%

Apprenticeship

$24,180 median annual income
3.9%

Bachelor

$33,098 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Apprenticeship

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canada Post Corporation
PO Box 1689 Stn Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2B1
Tel: (902) 494-4036
Fax: (902) 494-4781

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.