dcsimg



Schools in the USA
Back to Career Search     

Parking Control Officer


Description

How often have you or someone your know experienced this? We park the car somewhere, promising ourselves it will only be five minutes, and when we return a half an hour later to find a ticket on the windshield, we know the parking control officer has been hard at work. Wherever, there is public parking, there are parking control officers, who monitor assigned areas like downtown streets, public parking lots and meters.

Parking control officers have an important job to do. Parking control officers enforce parking by-laws. They regulate parking, in order to give eveyone a chance to park, and enjoy the services a community has to offer. They ensure that no one parks in front of fire hydrants, or in a bus zone.
These officers pay close attention to license plates, and put chalk marks on tires so they know when a car got there. They have to keep tabs on all cars, even the ones at a moneyed meter, because once the time runs out, that car is up for a ticket. In some areas, individuals are not even allowed to re-meter. A parking control officer knows if they have outstayed their two hour time slot and needs to move on.

Along with monitoring parking lots and spaces, parking control officers empty coins from meters and parking lots, and keep notes and records of tickets issued. They look for repeat offenders and they also report any missing traffic signals or signs.
 
         Related Careers
arrow Air Weapons Control Officer
arrow Ambassador
arrow Animal Control Officer
arrow [ view all related careers ]



Program Spotlight
Matching School Ad
Liberty University

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Law: International Legal Studies

 

 



  Interests and Skills  
Interested in a job as a parking control officer? Parking control officers are keen observers who notice details, and have a desire to see justice done properly. They should be interested in problem-solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation. Honesty, maturity, integrity, and a non-sexist, culturally open attitude are tremendous assets to a successful parking control officer. They must also be fit, have good eyesight (with our without glasses), and be comfortable walking for hours at a time.
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Tour certain areas, monitoring cars for parking violations
  • Mark cars with chalk and copy down license plates, location, and time
  • Issue tickets
  • After a certain number of tickets, order a tow truck
  • May arrange for car to be impounded
  • Prepare related legal documents
  • Appear in court and give testimony
  • The typical day will involve walking a certain area, watching for illegal parking, expired meters, or repeat metering. Parking control officers document their day's work, issue tickets, and arrange for towing. The job permits for work outdoors, as well as travel throughout the community.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Parking control officers are employed by state or municipal governments. They can work alone, or they can work in teams, depending on the size of the community. They work outdoors, in all weather conditions. They generally work weekdays, during the day up until early evening. They also work on Saturdays, but parking in most municipalities is free on Sundays.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Anyone trained as a parking control officer has quite a few options. There is always the possibility of moving up the ranks, advancing to supervisor positions. There are also positions with other by-law enforcement agencies. Former parking control officers may also become security guards or private investigators.
 

  Educational Paths  
While it is possible to get hired with little or no experience and/or education. Experience in a related administration or regulatory occupation is helpful. Completion of a college program or courses in law and security is also beneficial.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

Featured Schools

Matching School Ads
Liberty University

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Law: International Legal Studies

 
Platt College
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
Programs Offered:
  • Criminal Justice

 
Baker College Online

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

Programs Offered:
  • Criminal Justice - Bachelor
  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor

 
Keiser University Graduate School

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

 
Ohio Christian University
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

 
Grantham University

Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

 
UEI College

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

Programs Offered:
  • Criminal Justice (11-Month Diploma Program)

 
Argosy University

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Programs Offered:
  • Criminal Justice (BS) (Online)

 
Florida Tech

See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

 
California University of Pennsylvania

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

Programs Offered:
  • Applied Criminology Certificate
  • Applied Criminology (Certificate) - Online
  • Behavioral Crime Analysis (Certificate) - Online
  • And more...

 
Matching School Ads
  Universities and Colleges
Clarkson UniversityColorado School of MinesDalhousie University
Oral Roberts UniversityPenn State HarrisburgTemple University
The University of HoustonThompson Rivers UniversityUNB Saint John
University of AlabamaUniversity of ArkansasUniversity of British Columbia
University of IowaUniversity of New BrunswickUniversity of Oregon
University of OttawaYork University
Agriculture and Bio-resources | Allied Health and Health Sciences | Applied Business Technology | Architecture
Business Administration | Computer Science | Cosmetology and Esthetics | Culinary, Travel &Hospitality | Dance 
Engineering Technology & Applied Technology |Engineering | Film | Fine Arts and Design | Humanities and Liberal ArtsJustice and Security
Music
| Natural and Applied Sciences | Naturopathic and Holistic MedicineNursingPublic Administration & PolicyReligious and Theological Studies
Sport Sciences and Physical Education | Teacher Education | Theatre
Articles | College News | Videos | Feedback | Career Search
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Faq | Terms of Use | Policy Statement | Site Map | Cities Site Map

Copyright 2003- 2017 QuinStreet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.