How to become a Service Station Attendant

Service station attendants sell fuel, lubricants, motor accessories, takeaway food, drinks and other items. They sometimes perform minor maintenance on motor vehicles.

Personal requirements of a Service Station Attendant

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • no skin allergies caused by exposure to petrol or oil
  • able to calculate figures, handle money and write clearly
  • a friendly manner and good communication skills
  • able to remember product information and provide advice to customers
  • interested in motor vehicles and mechanical aptitude are desirable.

Duties & Tasks of a Service Station Attendant

Service station attendants: • fill fuel tanks and LPG cylinders • measure the level of oil in engines • measure air pressure in tyres • replenish oil, water and air levels • wash windscreens • clean petrol pumps and surrounding areas • drive vehicles and collect spare parts • accept cash, EFTPOS and credit card payments, and operate a computerised console machine and cash register • assist mechanics in minor car cleaning and repairs • order stock and maintain displays for the retail section of the service station • carry out basic administrative work.

Working conditions for a Service Station Attendant

Service station attendants have a high level of contact with the public and work mainly in a retail setting. They may have to work day and evening shifts and on weekends.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.4%

NSW NSW 29.9%

NT NT 2.5%

QLD QLD 16.6%

SA SA 14.2%

TAS TAS 4.6%

VIC VIC 20.8%

WA WA 11%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 45.2%

Female 54.8%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 9.4%

20-24 - 20.6%

25-34 - 27%

35-44 - 13.7%

45-54 - 12.1%

55-59 - 10%

60-64 - 7.3%

65 and Over - 0%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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