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74102 – Couriers and messengers

Couriers and messengers pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, messages, and other items within and between establishments. They are employed by courier service companies and other establishments throughout the private and public sectors.


Example titles

  • Bank messenger
  • Courier
  • Courier service driver
  • Delivery person - courier service
  • Mail service courier
  • Runner - courier service

Main duties

This group performs 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 them to addresses within an establishment or in other establishments by walking, cycling or driving within prescribed time periods
  • Collect payment for items delivered
  • Keep record of items received and delivered using delivery information acquisition devices.

Employment requirements

  • Secondary school education may be required.
  • Eligibility for bonding may be required.
  • Ability to navigate streets and follow directions is usually required.
  • Physical fitness is required for some occupations in this unit group.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions may be possible with experience.
  • There is some mobility into other delivery occupations such as delivery drivers.
  • There may be mobility to clerical occupations within the company.


  • Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors (75201)
  • Letter carriers (74101)
  • Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations (72025)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training
Major group
74 – Mail and message distribution, other transport equipment operators and related maintenance workers
Sub-major group
741 – Mail and message distribution occupations
Minor group
7410 – Mail and message distribution occupations
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