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Career Profile: Amusement and Recreation Attendants

Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 264,400 people employed as amusement and recreation attendants in the United States. The median annual salary is $24,800. Entry level employees earn approximately $18,150 per year and senior employees earn approximately $33,420 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Sell tickets and collect fees from customers.
  • Provide information about facilities, entertainment options, and rules and regulations.
  • Keep informed of shut-down and emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Direct patrons to rides, seats, or attractions.
  • Monitor activities to ensure adherence to rules and safety procedures, or arrange for the removal of unruly patrons.
  • Record details of attendance, sales, receipts, reservations, or repair activities.
  • Maintain inventories of equipment, storing and retrieving items and assembling and disassembling equipment as necessary.
  • Tend amusement booths in parks, carnivals, or stadiums, performing duties, such as conducting games, photographing patrons, or awarding prizes.
  • Provide assistance to patrons entering or exiting amusement rides, boats, or ski lifts, or mounting or dismounting animals.
  • Clean sporting equipment, vehicles, rides, booths, facilities, or grounds.
  • Inspect equipment to detect wear and damage and perform minor repairs, adjustments, or maintenance tasks, such as oiling parts.
  • Verify, collect, or punch tickets before admitting patrons to venues, such as amusement parks and rides.
  • Fasten safety devices for patrons, or provide them with directions for fastening devices.
  • Announce or describe amusement park attractions to patrons to entice customers to games and other entertainment.
  • Schedule the use of recreation facilities, such as golf courses, tennis courts, bowling alleys, or softball diamonds.
  • Sell and serve refreshments to customers.
  • Rent, sell, or issue sporting equipment and supplies, such as bowling shoes, golf balls, swimming suits, or beach chairs.
  • Operate, drive, or explain the use of mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment in amusement parks, carnivals, or recreation areas.
  • Operate machines to clean, smooth, and prepare the ice surfaces of rinks for activities, such as skating, hockey, or curling.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
264,400
Annual Openings:
72,900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
32%
Annual Salary Range:
$18,150 - $33,420
Education Requirements:
Some high school