Also known as Bell Captain, Bell Person, Bellhop, Bellman, Bellperson, Doorman, Ground Support Agent, Sky Cap, Skycap, Valet
Also known as Bell Captain, Bell Person, Bellhop
Baggage Porters handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.
Baggage Porters are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Baggage Porters. More generally, Baggage Porters are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Baggage Porter is $27,050, and the average salary is $29,060. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Baggage Porter salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Baggage Porters earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Baggage Porters earn less than $19,020 per year, 25% earn less than $22,000, 75% earn less than $32,850, and 90% earn less than $40,750.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Baggage Porters is expected to change by 24.5%, and there should be roughly 4,800 open positions for Baggage Porters every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Baggage Porter are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Baggage Porters typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Baggage Porters typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Baggage Porter tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Baggage Porters very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Baggage Porters moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Baggage Porters moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Baggage Porters must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Baggage Porters, ranked by importance:
Working as a Baggage Porter usually requires a high school diploma.
Baggage Porters need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Baggage Porters may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, transportation, or public safety and security knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Baggage Porters might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Baggage Porters must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Baggage Porters need abilities such as oral expression, trunk strength, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Baggage Porters, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Baggage Porters frequently use skills like service orientation, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Baggage Porters, ranked by their relative importance.
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