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Fairground worker

Fairground workers operate rides and carry out maintenance at theme parks or travelling fairgrounds.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. 

Many employers will prefer you to be aged 18, but you could start aged 16 on smaller, children’s rides.

You could join a theme park or fairground as part of the ticketing and admissions team or catering services. With experience and training, you could then move into operating rides.

Experience of handling money and working with the public might be helpful.

An LGV driving licence may also be useful if you’re working in a travelling fair.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to follow set instructions and procedures 
  • the ability to keep calm and cope with emergencies 
  • mechanical and practical skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • operating and supervising rides
  • making announcements over a public address (PA) system
  • carrying out safety checks on the rides before the park opens
  • carrying out small repairs
  • general cleaning work

With a travelling fair, you’ll also dismantle rides and other attractions, loading equipment for transportation and putting up rides at the next site.

4. Salary

You're likely to start on the national minimum wage.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Your work will involve long hours and usually include weekends, evenings and shift work. 

You could be employed just for holiday periods. 

If working on a long-term contract, you may live on site in a mobile home and travel round the country.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a supervisory management post, especially in larger parks.

You could move into other types of work within the fair or theme park, like working in shops and catering outlets, cleaning, security work, and in some cases, caring for and managing animals.

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Last updated: 16 December 2016