9 Unique Theme Park Jobs (Have Fun While Working!)

Some of the most sought-after theme park jobs include dressing up as a character or becoming a lifeguard.

Otherwise, you would work at a concession stand or operate rides.

However, you might not always find openings in these positions, but you can still enjoy the benefits of working in the amusement industry and still fund your seasonal travel plans.

1. Barista

Barista

Why Become a Barista?

If you love coffee and enjoy interacting with people on a regular basis, this job’s for you.

If you have any customer service experience, this could provide you a “way in on” entering a working environment many people desire to be in.

You don’t have to study for years and years in school either.

Prior experience matters more than where you went to school and for how long, and the job growth outlook until 2030 measures at about 14 percent.

You’d earn about $30,000 per year full-time with less than six months of schooling, probably.

Barista Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$31,520
Avg. Pay / hour$15.15
Education0-6 Months
Outlook14%

2. Bakery Chef

Bakery Chef

Why Become a Bakery Chef?

You might not think of this as a theme park job, but some amusement establishments need them.

If you love to bake, what better way would it be for you to also fulfill any travel aspirations you have.

Earn about $34,290 per year in places you otherwise maybe can’t afford to go.

This position has an 11 percent job growth rate from 2020-2030, and you don’t have to limit yourself to one location.

Bakery Chef Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$32,300
Avg. Pay / hour$15.53
Education2-4 Years
Outlook11%

3. Security Officer

Security Officer

Why Become a Security Officer?

Anyone who decides to become a security officer may also have some interest in pursuing a police science career.

However, it also provides you a way to become hired within a theme park setting.

You may need less than six months of training or education after high school, and you’d earn about $30,000 per year.

There’s a slight job growth outlook for this profession of about 4 percent, and theme parks need security guards to keep people safe and prevent theft.

Security Officer Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$35,830
Avg. Pay / hour$17.23
Education0-6 Months
Outlook4%

4. Tour Guide

Tour Guide

Why Become a Tour Guide?

Becoming a tour guide makes sense if you have extensive knowledge about the area that you will be touring.

If you enjoy welcoming people into your world and sharing its history and culture with them, this job would suit you.

It could also give you the practice required in case you want to become a teacher, or it just gives you travel experience.

You’d made about $30,000 per year after a year or two, which may come from taking on seasonal jobs while working toward your bachelor’s degree.

Tour Guide Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$33,200
Avg. Pay / hour$15.96
Education3-4 Years
Outlook10%

5. Travel Agent

Travel Agent

Why Become a Travel Agent?

Travel agents sometimes have access to special deals and discounts that they wouldn’t have if they didn’t work in this profession.

You also can influence how hotels, restaurants, or amusement parks operate.

The job outlook growth rate starting in 2020 may increase by 11 percent until 2030.

You may end up in school for four or more years to become a travel agent but can gain job experience while still in training and working in different locations around the world.

Travel Agent Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$46,580
Avg. Pay / hour$22.39
Education1-2 Years
Outlook-11.6%

6. Hospitality Manager

Hospitality Manager

Why Become a Hospitality Manager?

A hospitality manager is responsible for ensuring that guests have a positive experience when they visit a hotel, restaurant, or another travel establishment.

You could fill that role.

The 10-year job growth outlook from 2020 for someone in this position totals about 11 percent.

This position would earn you an annual salary of approximately $34,290, and you might have free room and board.

Hospitality Manager Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$37,520
Avg. Pay / hour$18.04
Education4+ Years
Outlook11%

7. Landscaper

Landscaper

Why Become a Landscaper?

Landscapers usually like nature, and it gives you the chance to stay outside in the sun.

It’s one profession you may have not thought of when looking for theme park jobs.

However, you might want to check out job postings if you’ve ever worked in this position, which can generate about $32,360 of annual income after only one year of training and/or education.

This position has a 9 percent job outlook growth rate predicted from 2020-2030.

Landscaper Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$35,240
Avg. Pay / hour$16.94
Education0-1 Year
Outlook9%

8. Electrician

Electrician

Why Become an Electrician?

Electricians work in a variety of settings, including homes, businesses, and factories, but don’t limit yourself to those industries.

Theme parks sometimes also employ electricians, which gives you one more opportunity to work in a “fun” environment and travel.

In this position, you can earn an average annual salary of $60,370 after at least a couple of years of on-the-job training and about four years of school.

You could provide important maintenance, repair, and upkeep service as an electrician at one of 450 amusement parks in the United States.

Electrician Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$63,310
Avg. Pay / hour$30.44
Education4+ Years
Outlook10%

9. Dance Choreographer

Dance Choreographer

Why Become a Dance Choreographer?

You can earn an average of $53,590 per year working as a choreographer, and theme parks may offer you the most stable jobs working in this occupation.

It may take you time to earn a reputation that makes you marketable to some of the most popular amusement parks, but some choreographers have only had about six months of post-secondary training or less.

Keep in mind the competitiveness of dancing careers, however.

Dance Choreographer Key Stats
Avg. Salary / year$49,630
Avg. Pay / hour$23.86
Education0-6 Months
Outlook-3%

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