parking lot attendee

What does a Parking Lot Attendant do?

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A parking lot attendee ensures vehicles entering and exiting a parking area are authorized. They may handle cash to make change for those paying to park and may give tickets to clients to identify their vehicle as authorized to be there. They may also locate and deliver vehicles to clients. This job requires individuals to be able to drive both an automatic and stick shift and the person would need to have excellent driving skills.

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How to Become a Parking Lot Attendee

A formal education is not required to become a parking lot attendee but the individual would need to be old enough to drive and to hold a valid, driver’s license. Most of the necessary training needed would be provided on-the-job. According to O*Net Online, a little over 60% of those with this job have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. The rest have not yet attained their high school diploma.

Parking Lot Attendee Career Video Transcript

parking lot attendee

The job of parking lot attendants may look easy, but it requires you to drive cars well. Whether they work in multi-level garages or outside in parking lots, attendants have several key responsibilities. They need to observe the condition of a car when it enters to prevent unfounded complaints of damage later. Since they may be presented with all kinds of vehicles, they must be able to drive both automatic and standard transmissions.

Navigating sharp turns and tight parking spaces requires good eyesight, excellent distance judgment, and coordination to avoid damage. You can expect to spend long hours in all kinds of weather outside or inside a booth handling tickets, making change, and balancing a cash drawer. Cleaning and shoveling snow may be part of the job. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required. Most attendants are trained on-the-job. Flexible, part-time hours are common, with wages supplemented by tips. A friendly smile and courtesy are essential to put you on the road to success.

Article Citations

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Parking Lot Attendant.

National Center for O*NET Development. 53-6021.00. O*NET OnLine.

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