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Fairground/Arcade Worker

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Education
Some of these occupations may require a Leaving Certificate or similar.

Related Experience
Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter clerks, construction laborers, and waiters or waitresses.

€18k >  
Fairground/Arcade Worker
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* 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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At a Glance... header image

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.


The Work header image

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.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Sell tickets and collect fees from customers.

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Sell and serve refreshments to customers.

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Record details of attendance, sales, receipts, reservations, or repair activities.

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Provide information about facilities, entertainment options, and rules and regulations.

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Direct patrons to rides, seats, or attractions.

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Monitor activities to ensure adherence to rules and safety procedures, or arrange for the removal of unruly patrons.

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Clean sporting equipment, vehicles, rides, booths, facilities, or grounds.

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Keep informed of shut-down and emergency evacuation procedures.

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Operate machines to clean, smooth, and prepare the ice surfaces of rinks for activities such as skating, hockey, and curling.

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Operate, drive, or explain the use of mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment in amusement parks, carnivals, or recreation areas.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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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.

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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.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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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.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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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.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

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.


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