Parking Lot Attendants

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About the Job

Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May collect fee.

It is also Called

  • Valet Runner
  • Valet Parker
  • Valet Attendant
  • Truck Spotter
  • Shag
  • Ramp Jockey
  • Parking Ramp Attendant
  • Parking Lot Spotter
  • Parking Lot Signaler
  • Parking Lot Laborer
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What They Do

  • Perform maintenance on cars in storage to protect tires, batteries, or exteriors from deterioration.
  • Service vehicles with gas, oil, and water.
  • Escort customers to their vehicles to ensure their safety.
  • Review motorists' identification before allowing them to enter parking facilities.
  • Inspect vehicles to detect any damage.
  • Lift, position, and remove barricades to open or close parking areas.
  • Issue ticket stubs, or place numbered tags on windshields, and give customers matching tags for locating parked vehicles.
  • Calculate parking charges, and collect fees from customers.
  • Greet customers and open their car doors.
  • Park and retrieve automobiles for customers in parking lots, storage garages, or new car lots.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

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In 2014, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $22,510 with most people making between $17,670 and $31,800


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 4,160 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 4,410 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 25 openings due to growth and about 205 replacement openings for approximately 230 total annual openings.