Monday, February 25, 2008

Gaming Services Occupations

Interesting Job I saw posted:
Vice President Casino Marketing
Hiring Company Industry: Gaming & Casinos
Number of Employees: 1,000 - 10,000 Employees Total Compensation: $472k - Base Salary: $350k - Bonus / Commission: $122k Reports to: President Location: Las Vegas, NV

Not such a low paying job—But anyway, we all know
not many casino jobs will pay this.
The following are portions of data and information obtained from the USBLS:

Legalized gambling in the United States includes casino gaming, State lotteries, pari-mutuel wagering on contests, and charitable gaming. Gaming is a multibillion-dollar industry that is responsible for the creation of a number of service occupations.

The majority of gaming services workers are employed in casinos. Some positions are associated with oversight and direction—supervision, surveillance, and investigation—while others involve the games or patrons themselves by tending slot machines, dealing cards or running games, handling money, writing and running tickets, and other activities.

Casinos have workers who direct and oversee day-to-day operations. Gaming supervisors and gaming managers oversee the gaming operations and personnel. Gaming managers also prepare work schedules and station assignments for their subordinates. They are responsible for interviewing, hiring, training, and evaluating new workers.

Managers supervise other workers. Some of these workers need specialized skills—dealing blackjack, for example—that are unique to casino work. Others require skills common to most business workers, such as the ability to conduct financial transactions.

Slot key persons coordinate and supervise the slot machine department and its workers.
Gaming and sportsbook writers and runners assist in the operations of games such as bingo and keno, in addition to taking bets on sporting events.

Gaming dealers operate table games such as craps, blackjack, and roulette.
Education and training. There usually are no minimum educational requirements for entry-level gaming jobs, although most employers prefer workers with at least a high school diploma or GED.

Slot key persons do not need to meet formal educational requirements to enter the occupation, but completion of slot attendant or slot technician training is helpful.

Gaming and sports book writers and runners must have at least a high school diploma or GED.
Most gaming dealers acquire their skills by attending a dealer school or vocational and technical school.

Most gaming supervisor and gaming manager positions, require an associate or bachelor’s degree, but it is not required.


Gaming services occupations provided 174,000 jobs in 2006. Employment among occupational specialties was distributed as follows:
Gaming dealers

Gaming supervisors

Slot key persons

Gaming and sports book writers and runners

Gaming managers

Job Outlook

Employment of gaming service workers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment change. With demand for gaming showing no sign of waning, employment in gaming services occupations is projected to grow by 23 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing popularity and prevalence of Indian casinos and racinos will provide substantial new job openings. With many States benefiting from casino gambling in the form of tax revenue or agreements with Indian tribes, additional States are reconsidering their opposition to legalized gambling and will likely approve the construction of more casinos and other gaming establishments during the next decade. Additional job growth will occur in established gaming areas in Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey, as they solidify their positions as tourist destinations.

The increase in gaming reflects growth in the population and in its disposable income. Higher expectations for customer service among gaming patrons also should result in more jobs for gaming services workers. Because of increasing demand in gaming establishments for additional table games, particularly poker, the largest growth is expected among gaming dealers. Conversely, advancements in slot machine technology, such as coinless slot machines—known as “Ticket-in, Ticket-Out machines”—will limit job growth for slot key persons relative to other gaming service occupations. Ticket-in, Ticket-out technology reduces the need for slot key persons to payout jackpots, fill hoppers, and reset machines. Additionally, slot machines linked to a network allow adjustments to be made from a central computer server rather than from the floor by a slot key person. However, there will still be some new jobs for slot key persons because of the casino industry’s focus on customer service and the rising popularity of racinos and slot machines in States that have recently legalized gambling or are expected to do so in the future.


Wage earnings for gaming services workers vary according to occupation, level of experience, training, location, and size of the gaming establishment. The following were median earnings for various gaming services occupations in May 2006:
Gaming managers
Gaming supervisors
Slot key persons
Gaming and sports book writers and runners
Gaming dealers

Gaming dealers generally receive a large portion of their earnings from tokes, which are tips in the form of tokens received from players. Earnings from tokes vary depending on the table games the dealer operates, the personal traits of the dealer, and the pooling policies of the casino.
PLEASE NOTE THAT: In Casino and Gaming, the average Gaming Dealer can pump up his or her hourly wage by an additional $18.36/hour to earn over $25/hour. Gaming Dealers' tips represent a whopping 71% of their income.

1 comment:

Middleboro Review said...

When you post information that you have taken from elsewhere, can you post the appropriate links?

When you indicate that Gaming Dealers can pump up wages to $25/hour, wasn't one of the issues in CT that they were earning $4.50/hour?