Postal Inspector Career Outlook, Employment & Job Information

Postal Inspector

Postal Inspector Career Overview

U.S. Postal Inspectors make up the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), charged with protecting the country's mail process and ensuring its safety. Postal inspectors investigate any potential criminal activity or other possible violations of the mail system. As federal law enforcement agents, postal inspectors play a role similar to other law enforcement and police jobs.

Postal Inspector Education

The U.S. Postal Service has high educational standards for its postal inspectors. Most candidates must have a bachelor's, master's, or even a law degree to be eligible for the position. Online criminal justice degrees, or traditional brick-and-mortar degrees, can be good preparation for becoming a postal inspector. Those individuals hired as inspectors must attend a training academy specific to the postal inspector job.

Postal Inspectors Employment

Competition tends to be high for postal inspector jobs, as the number of available positions is relatively low. All inspectors must be willing to locate and must be U.S. citizens between the ages of twenty one and thirty seven and a half.

Postal Inspectors Job Description

Job growth for U.S. Postal Service positions, including postal inspectors, should remain relatively flat through 2016. Decreasing use of the USPS and increasing use of electronic communication will impact the need for staff, although hiring will continue to replace inspectors who retire or leave the profession.

Postal Inspectors Salary Range

The United States Department of Personnel Management lists the following salary range for postal inspectors. *Salaries could change based on such factors as location, seniority, and experience.
Low: $40,949
High: $91,801

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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