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Career and Education Opportunities for Casino Surveillance Officers in Vancouver, Washington

If you want to be a casino surveillance officer, the Vancouver, Washington area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 940 people work as casino surveillance officers in Washington. This is expected to grow 14% to about 1,070 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for casino surveillance officers are expected to grow by about 11.7%. Casino surveillance officers generally act as oversight and security agent for management and customers.

Casino surveillance officers earn about $12 hourly or $26,650 per year on average in Washington and about $13 hourly or $28,850 annually on average nationally. Jobs in this field include: gambling monitor, security guard, and casino worker.

There are forty-eight schools of higher education in the Vancouver area, including one within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree to start your career as a casino surveillance officer. Given that the most common education level for casino surveillance officers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a casino surveillance officer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Casino Surveillance Officer

Casino Surveillance Officer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, casino surveillance officers act as oversight and security agent for management and customers. They also observe casino or casino hotel operation for irregular activities such as cheating or theft by either employees or patrons.

Casino surveillance officers observe casino or casino hotel operations for irregular efforts such as cheating or theft by employees or patrons, using audio and video equipment and one-way mirrors. They also track establishment efforts to insure adherence to all state gaming rules and company policies and procedures. Equally important, casino surveillance officers have to report all violations and suspicious behaviors to supervisors, verbally or in writing. Finally, casino surveillance officers act as oversight or security agents for management or customers.

Every day, casino surveillance officers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to focus attention on specific tasks without being distracted.

It is important for casino surveillance officers to supervise or train surveillance observers. Somewhat less frequently, casino surveillance officers are also expected to act as oversight or security agents for management or customers.

and act as oversight or security agents for management or customers. And finally, they sometimes have to supervise or train surveillance observers.

Like many other jobs, casino surveillance officers must be thorough and dependable and have exceptional integrity.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Casino Surveillance Officer Training

Everest Institute-Tigard - Tigard, OR

Everest Institute-Tigard, 9600 SW Oak St, Suite 400, Tigard, OR 97223. Everest Institute-Tigard is a small school located in Tigard, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 186 students and an admission rate of 100%. Everest Institute-Tigard has a less than one year program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties which graduated fifteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fraud Examiner: The ACFE established and administers the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.

For more information, see the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners website.

Certified Protection Officer: The CPO program is designed for protection professionals intent on.

For more information, see the International Foundation for Protection Officers website.

Video Security Systems Technician: The program track includes a sequence of four levels of certification, based on the complexity of the systems being installed/serviced.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.