Open the door of a building for residents and guests.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$16,000 – $28,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Doormen do?

Anyone who’s ever been to a big city has probably seen a Doorman — that neatly-dressed employee perched outside a major department store, large apartment building, or hotel. As a Doorman, you open and close the door for each person who passes through, but you also offer a variety of other services. In upscale apartment buildings, for example, residents call before coming down so that you can have a taxi waiting for them.

Opening the door for the same clientele each day gives you ample opportunity to get to know them. You learn where they work, what hobbies they have, and who their family members are. You care, and because of that, you listen and remember pertinent information about the residents.

It’s often your job to make sure nobody bothers them. In a sense, you offer them protection, and you do this by filtering who makes it into the building.

Doormen are also employed in places besides corporate and apartment buildings. You can work in movie theaters and playhouses, collecting tickets and showing customers to their seats. This type of Doorman is commonly referred to as an Usher.

At a nightclub, you’re often called a Bouncer. In this position, you check the IDs of customers entering the nightclub. And you’re also on hand when security is needed to handle a customer causing a ruckus.

As you can see, there are many facets to the job of a Doorman. You go by many other titles — Greeter (think Walmart), Concierge, Bellhop, Porter. Whatever name you answer to though, you’re always that friendly person by the door, ready with a smile and a helping hand.

Should I be a Doorman?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Docent, Door Captain, Doorperson, Door Tender, Spot Man

    How to become a Doorman

    Most Doormen have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9scaaa&chl=no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,75,75
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