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Career and Education Opportunities for Card Dealers in Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for card dealers. About 3,420 people are currently employed as card dealers in Arizona. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 22% to 4,190 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for card dealers are expected to grow by about 19.0%. Card dealers generally operate table games.

Card dealers earn about $7 hourly or $16,270 per year on average in Arizona and about $7 per hour or $16,310 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Gaming and Gambling, people working as card dealers in Arizona earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Gaming and Gambling nationally.

The Mesa area is home to seventy-six schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Mesa where you can get a degree as a card dealer. Given that the most common education level for card dealers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a card dealer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Card Dealer

Card Dealer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, card dealers operate table games. They also stand or sit behind table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gaming equipment.

Card dealers check to insure that all players have placed bets before play begins. They also pay winnings or collect losing bets as established by the rules and procedures of a specific game. Equally important, card dealers have to conduct gambling games such as dice or keno, following all applicable rules and regulations. They are often called upon to inspect cards and apparatus to be used in games to insure that they are in good condition. They are expected to answer questions about game rules and casino policies. Finally, card dealers compute amounts of players' wins or losses, or scan winning tickets presented by customers to calculate the amount of money won.

Every day, card dealers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for card dealers to stand behind a gaming table and deal the appropriate number of cards to each player. They are often called upon to start and control games and gaming equipment, and announce winning numbers or colors. They also refer customers to gaming cashiers to collect winnings. They are sometimes expected to apply rule variations to card games such as poker, in which players bet on the value of their hands. Somewhat less frequently, card dealers are also expected to participate in games for gambling establishments to furnish the minimum complement of players at a table.

Card dealers sometimes are asked to seat customers at gaming tables. And finally, they sometimes have to answer questions about game rules and casino policies.

Like many other jobs, card dealers must have exceptional integrity and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Mesa include:

  • Casino Supervisor. Supervise gaming operations and personnel in an assigned area. Circulate among tables and observe operations. Ensure that stations and games are covered for each shift. May explain and interpret operating rules of house to patrons. May plan and organize activities and create friendly atmosphere for guests in hotels/casinos. May adjust service complaints.
  • Slot Machine Floor Person. Coordinate and supervise functions of slot department workers to provide service to patrons. Handle and settle complaints of players. Verify and payoff jackpots. Reset slot machines after payoffs. Make minor repairs or adjustments to slot machines. Recommend removal of slot machines for repair. Report hazards and enforces safety rules.
  • Sports Book Writer. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. Scan winning tickets presented by patrons, calculate amount of winnings and pay patrons. May operate keno and bingo equipment. May start gaming equipment that randomly selects numbers. May announce number selected until total numbers specified for each game are selected. May pick up tickets from players, collect bets, receive, verify and record patrons' cash wagers.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Card Dealer Training

Paradise Valley Community College - Phoenix, AZ

Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Paradise Valley Community College is a medium sized college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,105 students. Paradise Valley Community College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties.

GateWay Community College - Phoenix, AZ

GateWay Community College, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034. GateWay Community College is a medium sized college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,853 students. GateWay Community College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties.

Mesa Community College - Mesa, AZ

Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202. Mesa Community College is a large college located in Mesa, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 23,825 students. Mesa Community College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties.

Rio Salado College - Tempe, AZ

Rio Salado College, 2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281. Rio Salado College is a large college located in Tempe, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 19,186 students. Rio Salado College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties which graduated forty-seven and zero students respectively in 2008.

Estrella Mountain Community College - Avondale, AZ

Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85323-1000. Estrella Mountain Community College is a medium sized college located in Avondale, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,358 students. Estrella Mountain Community College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 463,552, which has grown by 16.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Mesa, 92, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Mesa are priced at $289,200 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, five hundred eighty-four new homes were constructed in Mesa, down from 1,039 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Mesa are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 21.6% of Mesa residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Mesa is 7.9%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Mesa residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mesa is home to the Water Users Camp Ten and the Arizona Girls Ranch as well as Jackrabbit Stadium and McAfee Place Unit Two Mini Park. Shopping malls in the area include Riviera Plaza Shopping Center, Gilbert Plaza Shopping Center and Apache Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Mesa can choose from Hampton Inn Phoenix-Mesa, Extended Stay America - Mesa and Kiva Lodge Motel for temporary stays in the area.