Gaming Occupations

The gaming industry supports gambling as a form of recreation in such venues as traditional casinos, riverboats, Native American reservation casinos, racing tracks, and state lotteries. Gaming employees, running the gamut from entry-level service workers to game dealers to casino and track managers, are needed to keep such facilities operating smoothly. More than 332,000 commercial casino gaming workers were employed in the United States in 2012, according to the American Gaming Association.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bingo Callers, Bingo Package Preparers, Bingo Paymasters, Blackjack Dealers, Box People, Cage Cashiers, Casino Hosts, Chip Muckers, Craps Dealers, Floor Bosses, Keno Runners, Keno Writers, Pit Bosses, Race Announcers, Roulette Dealers, Slot Cashiers, Slot Key People, Stick Handles
Duties Perform a variety of duties at casinos, riverboats, race tracks, and other gambling venues such as manage table games and pay out winnings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but the largest number of workers are employed in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Missouri
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Any customer service experience in retail or services
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must have no criminal background; work permits are required in Las Vegas and Atlantic City with a minimum age of 21; some casinos require FBI fingerprint clearance for gaming workers; many require their employees to be bonded
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Casino Manager, or Director of Table Games, or Executive Casino Host
  • Supervisor
  • Cage Cashier, or Keno Writer, or Dealer
  • Slot Cashier or Keno Runner

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