The parking attendant is in charge of parking vehicles or issuing tickets for customers in a parking lot. In establishments that do not have valet parking service, the parking attendant collects the fee and gives the ticket at the entrance.
Those who want to apply for this job may go directly to parking lot managers. Job seekers may also find openings in job listings in local government websites, state employment services, union offices, and classified ads in newspapers.
Duties and Responsibilities
In a busy parking lot, it can be a hassle for customers to wait and find parking space on their own. Establishments like hotels and restaurants provide valet parking service to their customers where a parking attendant would be the one to park and retrieve the guest’s vehicle.
Duties of a parking attendant may also include regulating parking and traffic in an assigned lot and restricting unauthorized vehicles. He is also in charge of the collection of fees and issuing receipts.
The parking attendant maintains security in the assigned lot. He watches for suspicious activity and reports such. He notifies Parking Services of problems such as mechanical failure and vehicle boot tampering. He also checks permits to verify authorization.
Another duty of a parking attendant is to check for parking space availability. He keeps count of the vehicles and holds required spaces for reservations. Once the lot is full, the attendant places a sign by the entrance to inform incoming clients.
Skills and Training
There are no specific educational background requirements for those who plan applying for this position. Most employers prefer those who are high school graduates. Some companies provide training and some don’t.
Parking attendants must have a driver’s license. There are places wherein a special license is needed therefore it is possible to be subjected to background check, review of driver’s records and other information.
An applicant should be able to drive all types of cars. He must be very skilled and have knowledge of general parking procedures. He must have basic math skills, which are needed for collecting parking fees. He must have good communication skills.
A parking attendant should have a pleasing personality, courteous disposition, and be a team player. He must be in good health and agile. Since attendants work with people and cars, an applicant should be comfortable working with both. Most importantly, he should have honesty. There are occasions where they will be assigned to handle large sums of money or be entrusted with cars and belongings.
Work Conditions and Salary
Parking attendants work long shifts depending on their employer. If the establishment is open 24/7, they may work for extended hours. They may work for six days, night shift, weekends, and on holidays.
Unfortunately, job opportunities for parking attendants are declining. Most facilities make use of the automated ticket selling machines. This applies to small lots though. Large commercial parking facilities still employ parking attendants.
The average yearly salary of parking attendants is around $16,820. Those working for larger facilities may earn more.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/