Amusement and Recreation Attendants

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About the Job

Perform 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.

It is also Called

  • Wired Music Operator
  • Whip Operator
  • Whip
  • Wharf Attendant
  • Weight Guesser
  • Turntable Operator
  • Trap Setter
  • Trap Puller
  • Trap Operator
  • Train Operator
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What They Do

  • Schedule the use of recreation facilities, such as golf courses, tennis courts, bowling alleys, or softball diamonds.
  • Announce or describe amusement park attractions to patrons to entice customers to games and other entertainment.
  • Maintain inventories of equipment, storing and retrieving items and assembling and disassembling equipment as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Tend amusement booths in parks, carnivals, or stadiums, performing duties such as conducting games, photographing patrons, or awarding prizes.
  • Fasten safety devices for patrons, or provide them with directions for fastening devices.
  • Rent, sell, or issue sporting equipment and supplies, such as bowling shoes, golf balls, swimming suits, or beach chairs.
  • Provide assistance to patrons entering or exiting amusement rides, boats, or ski lifts, or mounting or dismounting animals.
  • Operate, drive, or explain the use of mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment in amusement parks, carnivals, or recreation areas.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ECR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparation Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $25,500 with most people making between $21,500 and $31,380

Outlook

1.59%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 41,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 48,000 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 660 openings due to growth and about 1,730 replacement openings for approximately 2,390 total annual openings.