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10 worst jobs of 2015: Is your career at the bottom of the work barrel?

No. 10: Mail carrier
No. 10: Mail carrier

No. 10: Mail carrier

Amid ongoing downsizing at post offices, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, has estimated that the number of postal worker positions will decrease 28 percent over the 10 years ending in 2022. CareerCast says the mail carrier field has the worst chances for growth of all 200 jobs in the study.

But the outlook is still good for jobs delivering mail to the country's out-of-the-way corners, says Jeanette Dwyer, president of the labor union the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association.

What's good about being a mail carrier?

Despite the sometimes monotonous routes, inclement weather and physical strains of the job, Dwyer says the human connections many mail carriers establish can make it worthwhile.

"It gives you a sense of satisfaction, particularly on the rural routes where you have elderly customers, veterans and people that you are their only link (to the outside world)," she says.

Mail carriers across the U.S. earn a median salary of $51,790 per year, and you don't need a college degree to break into the field. Mail carrier skills such as record keeping, sorting and driving can transfer to other jobs.

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