Service Station Attendants

Occupation:Service Station Attendants
Category:Sales and Service

About the job

Nature of work:

Service station attendants employed in automotive service stations sell fuel and other automotive products and perform such services as fuelling, cleaning, lubricating and performing minor repairs to motor vehicles. Those employed in marinas sell fuel, rent boats and related equipment, and maintain marina facilities.

Job duties:
Automotive service station attendants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Refuel vehicles.
  • Perform minor service and maintenance such as washing the windshield, checking fluid levels and air pressure, and replacing parts such as tires, light bulbs and windshield-wiper blades.
  • Receive payment from customers.
  • Perform minor property maintenance duties such as sweeping service station lot, trimming shrubs, scrubbing service bays and painting curbs.
  • May pick up and deliver customers' cars for service station automotive repair department.
Marina service station attendants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Refuel boats.
  • Pump boat's marine septic system.
  • Rent boats, life jackets and other equipment and record rental data.
  • Receive payment from customers.
  • Maintain dock area and marina facilities and assist in seasonal moving of ramps and docks.
Sample job titles:
  • gas bar attendant (except self-service)
  • gas station attendant (except self-serve)
  • propane gas pump attendant
  • pump attendant - service station
  • pump operator - service station
  • service attendant - gas station
  • service station attendant

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Propane and natural gas pump attendants may require an operator's licence.
Other considerations:

Work in these jobs tends to be seasonal, with employment levels peaking in the summer months. Service station attendants are expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. However, jobseekers may face some competition for those positions. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Service Station Attendants may either be working full-time or part-time hours.

The median employment income for 27% of Service Station Attendants who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $23,644. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Service Station Attendants565decline sharply-10Moderate
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $11.00
Maximum: $17.40
Minimum: $4,199
Median: $13,899
Maximum: $32,167
Occupations in Sales and Service102,605Decline slightly5,260Moderate
Minimum: $10.70
Median: $12.50
Maximum: $21.17
Minimum: $2,949
Median: $16,629
Maximum: $45,086
Service Station AttendantsCompared to: Occupations in Sales and Service
Percent employed full-time47%59%
Percent self-employed4%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentService Station AttendantsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton22%$10,29613%$32,974
Annapolis Valley16%$11,90713%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeService Station AttendantsCompared to: All Sales and Service
% Employed% Employed
Median Age2437
GenderService Station AttendantsCompared to: Occupations in Sales and Service
% Employed% Employed
EducationService Station AttendantsCompared to: All Sales and Service
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school29.5%$8,63018.8%$9,486
High school45.5%$14,66640.4%$12,982
Trades certificate9.8%$17,3128.0%$18,797
College certificate or diploma12.1%$16,80919.9%$19,514
University certificate or diploma1.5%x1.6%$18,279
Bachelor's degree2.3%$17,76410.0%$20,807
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.5%$15,716
Master's degreeN/Ax0.8%$20,769
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$17,368
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


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Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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