How to Become an Event Worker

From sporting events to concerts to other live entertainment, venues everywhere are looking for new staff to create an exceptional guest experience. Get right up close to the action with an events job today!

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If you’re a quick learner who enjoys working in an exciting, fast-paced environment, hospitality careers might be just the opportunity for you. From sporting events to concerts to other live entertainment, venues everywhere are looking for new staff to create an exceptional guest experience. When you take an event job, you’ll be right up close to the action. Below, we share what you need to know about becoming an event worker, including wages, general duties and career outlook.

What does an event worker do?

In short, there are many types of events jobs depending on your interests. Frontline service staff include ticket-takers, ushers and parking lot attendants. If you’re looking for a food service role, jobs include concession workers, food servers, bartenders and cooks. Meanwhile, venue housekeeping always needs janitors and cleanup crew members. Many of these roles are part-time and weekend jobs.

As a member of the events staff, you might have one or more of the following duties:

  • Preparing food, setting up tables and serving customers at the bar or concession stand.
  • Greeting customers and taking food or beverage orders.
  • Assisting with concession stand setup and cleaning.
  • Ensuring that only paying patrons go inside an event and leading guests to their seats.
  • Maintaining a clean venue, sweeping and mopping floors, and emptying trash and recycling bins.

How much does an event worker make?

Event worker wages depend on the particular role, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, ushers, lobby attendants and ticket-takers make an average of $12.69 an hour. Janitors made an average of $13.98 an hour. Also, food service staff make an average of $11.60 an hour.

What qualities does this role require?

No matter the venue, events jobs of all types need excellent customer service skills, a positive attitude and the ability to stay calm under pressure, especially in customer-facing roles. Front-of-house staff—jobs in catering or food service, for example—must have qualities including reliability, accuracy and presentation. Meanwhile, back-of-house staff like cleaning and janitorial staff require strong organization skills and attention to detail.

What qualifications do you need to be an event worker?

There are typically no formal education requirements for event workers, and people often learn skills on the job. In any event job, workers will also need to adhere to safety standards and procedures. In addition, they must follow guidance from the local and federal authorities.

What’s the job outlook for this role?

According to the BLS, the fastest growing job group for events workers is food service, where overall employment is expected to grow 17% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, janitor and building cleaner jobs are expected to grow 6% in the same time period.

Find an in-demand events job with PeopleReady

PeopleReady can help you find work at the biggest venues in the industry—from sports stadiums to concert halls to conference centers and more. When you download our app, JobStack, you can apply for jobs 24/7 from your mobile device. For instance, some of the jobs available on JobStack or at one of our PeopleReady branches throughout North America include:

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