USA Career Guide- Gaming Services Occupations
Education needed to be in Gaming Services Occupations
Gaming dealers, supervisors, sports book writers and runners, and slot supervisors typically need a high school diploma or a GED.
Gaming managers typically take formal management classes, although many of them do not need a post secondary degree. There are various path you can choose to pursue a degree – Hotel management or Gaming management programs that lead to certificates or degrees that some colleges offer.
Training is an important part of gaming careers, it provides an insight into the rules and procedures of the game as well as state and local laws and regulations related to the game. Individual casinos or other gaming establishments have their own training requirements. Usually, new gaming dealers are sent to gaming school for 4 to 8 weeks to learn a casino game, such as blackjack or craps. Gaming school is not just for new employees, dealers who have been employed for many years have to go to gaming school if they want to be trained in a new casino game. Completing gaming school before being hired may increase a prospective dealer’s chances of being hired
Pay of Gaming Services Occupations
The median annual wage of workers in gaming services occupations was $20,260 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $53,150.
The median wages for Gaming Service Occupations (May 2010) $66,960 for gaming managers
$48,530 for gaming supervisors
$26,630 for slot supervisors
$23,940 for all other gaming service workers
$20,850 for gaming and sports book writers and runners
$18,090 for gaming dealers
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
Job Prospects of Gaming Services Occupations
Employment in gaming services occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth of gaming managers and supervisors is projected to be 11 and 7 percent, respectively. Employment of gaming and sports book writers and runners is projected to grow 12 percent. These occupations will be driven by the increasing popularity of gambling establishments such as Native American casinos and “racinos,” racetracks that also offer slots or table games. An increased demand for table games will drive growth for gaming dealers, whose employment is projected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Those with work experience in customer service at a hotel or resort should have better job prospects because of the importance of customer service in casinos.
Industrial Overview of Gaming Services Occupations
Workers in gaming services occupations held about 177,100 jobs in 2010. Many of the jobs were in commercial casinos, riverboat casinos, casino hotels, Native American casinos, and racetracks with casinos. However, these establishments are not legal in every state.
Workers in gaming services occupations are most often employed in the following industries:
Casino hotels 30%
Local government, excluding education and hospitals 26
Gambling industries 21Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition