Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door Distributors

Occupation:Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door Distributors
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

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 establishments. They are employed by courier service companies and other establishments throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties:
Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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 establishment or in other establishments by walking or cycling within prescribed 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

To work in this field, you must be organized, responsible, and reliable. Your work must be accurate.

Job requirements:
  • Secondary school education may be required.
  • Eligibility for bonding may be required.
Other considerations:

The increased usage of electronic mail and other electronic means of exchanging information will limit new job growth in these jobs and affect the nature of the duties performed. Ability to navigate streets and follow directions is usually required. Physical fitness is required for some jobs in this group. There is some mobility into other delivery occupations such as delivery drivers. There may be mobility to clerical occupations within the company. Progression to supervisory positions may be possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

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 remain largely the same over the next few years. 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. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 47% 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door Distributors700stable115Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $16.10
Maximum: $26.56
Minimum: $2,599
Median: $15,690
Maximum: $56,447
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Couriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door DistributorsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time58%81%
Percent self-employed3%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentCouriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door DistributorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton14%$12,17013%$32,974
Annapolis Valley12%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeCouriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door DistributorsCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5048
GenderCouriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door DistributorsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
EducationCouriers, Messengers, and Door-to-door DistributorsCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school29.2%$37,4474.7%$23,775
High school32.9%$49,11223.7%$30,074
Trades certificate9.3%$35,8495.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma19.9%$45,92134.4%$33,837
University certificate or diploma1.9%x3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree4.3%$48,58222.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx1.7%$40,672
Master's degreexx3.6%$23,407
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry1.2%x0.1%$41,688
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canada Post Corporation
PO Box 1689 Stn Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2B1
Tel: (902) 494-4036
Fax: (902) 494-4781

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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