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Salary Range
€18k - €20k
Career Zone

In Brief...

Fairground/arcade workers supervise rides, side-shows and games machines. They will help dismantle and assemble equipment as the fair sets up or moves on.

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

In Summary - Fairground / Arcade Worker

Career Sectors

Fairground / Arcade Workers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Festivals
Tourism & Hospitality
Seasonal Work in Tourism
Tourism & Hospitality

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The Work - Fairground / Arcade Worker

Fairground workers supervise rides, side-shows and stalls. They open up the sides and stalls at the beginning of the day and lock up at the end. They may also be involved in setting up and dismantling rides or attractions, and in cleaning, painting and assisting in their repair when necessary.  
 
They also charge the customers to use the rides and depending on the type they may also have to insure that the passengers are safely secured before the ride begins.  
 
During opening times, fairground workers are responsible for starting and stopping the rides. On side-shows they give prizes for good scores. At all times they must look out for the safety of customers and stop any unruly behaviour.  
 
Arcade workers look after games machines and supervise the public using them. They make sure that customers behave reasonably and do not misuse the equipment. Arcade workers also have to understand the machines and games enough to sort out minor problems, like stuck coins or non-payment of prizes. They may need to check large prize payouts. They are usually responsible for unlocking and locking the arcade and for keeping it clean and tidy.  
 
Fairground and arcade workers collect money from customers and give out change or tokens.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Sell tickets and collect fees from customers.
  • Sell and serve refreshments to customers.
  • Record details of attendance, sales, receipts, reservations, or repair activities.
  • Provide information about facilities, entertainment options, and rules and regulations.
  • 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.
  • Clean sporting equipment, vehicles, rides, booths, facilities, or grounds.
  • Keep informed of shut-down and emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Operate machines to clean, smooth, and prepare the ice surfaces of rinks for activities such as skating, hockey, and curling.
  • Operate, drive, or explain the use of mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment in amusement parks, carnivals, or recreation areas.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Interests - Fairground / Arcade Worker

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Qualities

You should have a pleasant manner and enjoy working with the public. You must be able to cope with busy periods and noisy conditions.  
 
You should be reasonably physically fit in order to cope with a lot of standing. In a travelling fair you need to be strong enough to cope with the heavy work of setting up and taking down rides and stalls.  
 
Both types of worker need to be able to give the correct change and count money. Honesty is crucial.

Entry Requirements - Fairground / Arcade Worker

Pay & Salary - Fairground / Arcade Worker

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €20k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: May, 2019

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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