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Occupation Profile for Baggage Porters and Bellhops

Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$18,360.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
2.3 Average Unemployment Percentage 50.5 Percentage That Completed High School
49,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 32.9 Percentage That Had Some College
54,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 16.6 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Baggage Checker
Baggage Handler
Baggage Smasher
Baggageman
Bell Captain
Bell Clerk
Bell Person
Bell Staff
Bellhop
Bellhop Captain
Bellman
Bellman Driver
Bellperson
Bellstaff
Cab Boy
Cab Worker
Call Girl or Boy
Call Worker
Captain, Head, Bellman
Chief Airport Guide
Doorman
Doorperson
Food Porter
Hall Porter
Head Bellhop Captain
Head Porter Baggage
Lobby Porter
Luggage Attendant
Porter
Porter, Sleeping Car
Railroad Porter, Baggage
Red Cap
Service Attendant, Valet Services
Skycap
Sleeping Car Porter
Station Porter, Baggage
Valet

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Explain the operation of room features such as locks, ventilation systems, and televisions.
  • Supplemental — Arrange for shipments of baggage, express mail, and parcels by providing weighing and billing services.
  • Supplemental — Maintain clean lobbies or entrance areas for travelers or guests.
  • Supplemental — Transport guests about premises and local areas, or arrange for transportation.
  • Supplemental — Compute and complete charge slips for services rendered and maintain records.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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