What Jobs Can I Get in a Casino?

Casino jobs can be stressful because of the hours and need to handle the customer's money precisely. Learn more about the widely varied staff positions you might find in a casino. Schools offering Hotel & Restaurant Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview

Employment in a casino covers a wide variety of careers. Typically, a job would either relate to gaming and playing or surveillance and security. Below are several different potential careers.

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Median Salary (2014) $18,560 (for all dealers); $33,270 (for all slot attendants); $67,310 (for all gaming managers); $24,470 (for all security guards and gaming surveillance supervisors)
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 1% growth (for all dealers); 3% decline (for all slot attendants); 1% decline (for all gaming managers); 5% growth (for all security guards and gaming surveillance supervisors)
Required Education High school diploma, or equivalent (for all positions)
Work Environment Shifts may be schedule during days, nights, weekends and holidays (for all positions)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Dealers

A dealer is responsible for operating the casino games played by customers. In this role, you'd be responsible for following the rules of the games and for handling the money and chips that a player wins or loses. In order to become an established dealer, you may have to complete a certification program or serve as an apprentice under more experienced dealers. Typically, all gaming services employees, regardless of job title, must be licensed by a state gaming commission or casino control board, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted.

Slot Attendants

If you take a job as a slot attendant, which is called a slot supervisor in some casinos, you'll be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the slot machines to which you're assigned. Your job will involve making sure that the machines are working properly and that ticket dispensers are full. Perhaps most importantly, a slot attendant ensures that customers enjoy themselves, receive their winnings and understand the games they're playing.

Gaming Managers

Casino managers are assigned to oversee the operation of the games on a section of the casino floor. As manager, you'll make sure that neither players nor dealers are cheating. Perhaps best of all, you have a lot of power to improve the customer's experience, because managers often resolve gaming disputes and reward particularly good gamblers with complimentary hotel rooms and other considerations. According to the BLS, licensure requirements for casino managers or gaming supervisors may be different from those for dealers or slot attendants.

Security Guards

As a security guard, you must protect the casino building, in addition to the safety of customers and fellow employees. The BLS points out that your duties may vary widely, depending on the specific casino in which you work. You may be assigned to remain in one place and watch for illegal activity or disruptions on the casino floor. Other times, you'll be asked to patrol the casino grounds and assist emergency personnel (www.bls.gov). Training and educational requirements for security guard positions will depend on if you're carrying a weapon, your prior work experience and the casino's needs. The BLS notes that most states require security guards to be registered with the state.

Gaming Surveillance Supervisors

Modern casinos are filled with surveillance equipment, since casino owners have a vested interest in preventing customers or employees from cheating or stealing money. As a gaming surveillance supervisor, also called a gaming investigator, you work in the casino's surveillance room to ensure that all games are being played and operated according to casino rules and to state or local regulations.

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