Casino security jobs typically pay very well, and the job is never dull. What would you need to do to land a career in this specific industry? And what do you need to know before you apply?
First, be aware it’s not all surveillance.
If your vision of the job is that you’ll be sitting in a locked room staring at cameras and making phone calls whenever someone is cheating, think again. Casinos need security guards all over the hotel and out on the floor. You may get to do a little surveillance, but the job is a very active one.
The reality of working in a casino is very different from the fantasy.
Casinos may seem glamorous on the outside, but most of the people playing there are not James Bond. In fact, you’ll meet all kinds of people. Some of them will be die-hard gambling addicts, drug addicts, or alcoholics. Some of them will be angry, or desperate. Many of them will check their good sense at the door. And some, the so-called “high rollers,” can ruin your whole day. If one is drunk or angry and decides that you were “rude” your job may even be at risk. (A high roller is anyone who has hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on gambling). You definitely need deft people skills to survive working in this environment. You also need to be very good at following directions and orders, for your safety and for the safety of everyone else in the casino. Here’s one insider’s frank view of the job.
You will need a gaming card.
You will need a gaming license or gaming card to work as a casino security guard. This is in addition to any security guard license that’s required by your state.
To apply for a gaming card you must be 21 or older, which means that’s the minimum age to work casino security, too. You’ll also need to submit more fingerprints in addition to whatever you submit to get your security guard license. You can also expect to submit driving records, your employment history, a list of past residences and references.
However, what could really trip you up is bad credit. Every gaming commission pulls a credit report, and this is one case in which bad credit doesn’t just hurt your chances–it destroys them. Your license will be denied if you have bad credit, because you’re working in an environment where cash flows freely and where bad debt might just prove to be too much of a temptation. So do what you can to clean up your credit before you apply.
You are still part of the entertainment industry.
That means casinos want you to have a certain look: clean-cut, pulled together, and free of tattoos or piercings. If you’re a man you’ll want short hair, and if you’re a woman you’ll want short or hair that is pulled back quite neatly. You should be dressed nicely when you apply, too, as many casino employers will interview you–and make a decision–on the spot.