Fairground worker

carnival worker

Career outlook for

Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary

Currently employed in Scotland

Jobs forecast

This information is supplied by LMI For All, where data is currently available for Scotland.

What's it like?

You would help people have fun on a ride or attraction at a fair or theme park. You’d take payments, help customers on and off the ride and make sure it works safely.

You could be based in a permanent theme park or travelling fairground.

You would:

  • Operate and supervise rides, often as part of a team
  • Make announcements over a public address system
  • Carry out safety checks on the rides before the park opens
  • Make small repairs
  • Do general cleaning work

With a travelling fair, you would also be involved in dismantling rides and other attractions, loading equipment for transportation and putting up rides at the next site.

You would need to be aware of health and safety regulations. It would be important to carefully follow instructions and procedures to ensure the ride is safe.

You’d need to be able to keep calm and cope with emergencies.

Working conditions

Travel

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

Environment

Most fairgrounds and carnivals are outside. If you were taking payments you may sit in a portable ticket office.

Hours

You would normally work around 37 to 40 hours a week, including weekends and evenings.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Following instructions
  • Helping customers
  • Repairing and fixing

Build your skills

Your skills can help you choose the career that’s right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.

To understand more, have a look at what are my skills?

Keep track of your skills in your account and find the jobs, opportunities and courses that suit you.

Click here to view / add your skills

Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education.

Experience working in fairgrounds, theme parks or other leisure attractions in any role will be of value.

Most permanent fairground workers have family connections with the fairs.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Modern languages
  • Practical technologies

You will also need

Many employers will prefer you to be 18 years old or over.

You might be able to start at 16 years old on smaller, children’s rides.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show physical fitness, customer service skills and practical or technical skills such as engineering or construction.

An LGV driving licence may be useful if you are working in a travelling fair.