Although most modern elevators are easily operated by individual riders, some older buildings and luxurious high-rises for apartments and offices still employ elevator operators. These individuals operate the elevator by requesting floor destinations and stopping the car at required floors and informing riders of arrival. In many situations, they may also offer amenities, such as candies or newspapers.
The elevator operator's job is typically straightforward, and the actual operation of the elevator car is fairly simple. The operator is expected to announce the car direction at each stop, warmly greet new riders, and request floor destinations. Upon arrival at each requested floor, they announce and inform the riders. In most cases, the modern elevator car works automatically and the operator's job is somewhat of a status item or luxury for visitors, workers, or residents. The operator is also expected to step outside the car while holding the door and hold cars for riders hurrying to get aboard. In some older buildings, especially those with historic importance, antique elevators may still be installed. For these, the elevator operator's job may be more important, as he/she may need to manually brake the car as it arrives at the requested floor.
Whatever the case regarding the modernity of the elevator, the operator is expected to be personable and outgoing and greet residents and employees by name while offering mints, tissues, newspapers, and other small amenities. In most cases, the elevator operator wears a uniform specific to the job and is also expected to fully understand how to sound alarms and summon help to the elevator in the case of emergency.
Working as an elevator operator does not require much of an educational foundation, and a minimum of a high school diploma may suffice for most employers. Capability and a friendly personality are very important, and the only physical requirement is the ability to withstand potential motion sickness from constant operation of the car. Most buildings which employ elevator operators keep them on duty during high-traffic times, typically during business hours of the week.