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Parking Lot Attendant  What They Do

Just the Facts


Parking Lot Attendants Career Video



Parks vehicles or issues tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May collect fee.

This career is part of the Hospitality & Tourism cluster Merchandising pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Takes numbered tags from customers, locates vehicles, and delivers vehicles, or provides customers with instructions for locating vehicles.
  • Inspects vehicles to detect any damage.
  • Greets customers and opens their car doors.
  • Issues ticket stubs or places numbered tags on windshields, logs tags or attaches tag to customers' keys, and gives customers matching tags for locating parked vehicles.
  • Performs cash handling tasks, such as making change, balancing and recording cash drawer, or distributing tips.
  • Explains and calculates parking charges, collects fees from customers, and responds to customer complaints.
  • Parks and retrieves automobiles for customers in parking lots, storage garages, or new car lots.
  • Provides customer assistance and information, such as giving directions or handling wheelchairs.
  • Keeps parking areas clean and orderly to ensure that space usage is maximized.
  • Calls emergency responders or the proper authorities and provides motorist assistance, such as giving directions or helping jump start a stalled vehicle.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bellman -- Assists hotel guests with their luggage and shows guests to their room.
  • Valet -- Drives, parks and retrieves guest and visitor vehicles as they arrive and depart from the hotel.