Surveillance Operator

Watch video monitors to detect theft and fraud in all areas of a casino.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Surveillance Operators do?

It seems that cameras are on us everywhere we go, and few places exemplify this more than casinos. The eye in the sky covers every square inch of the gambling floor, hallways, parking garages, and entrances to nearly every casino in existence.

As a Surveillance Operator, you can find a job in any casino, from the local Indian casino to one of the mega hotel/casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard. You might also observe the action on a cruise ship or at a racetrack. Regardless of where you are, money is changing hands, so you run the cameras that add extra eyes to every bet, wager, and chip transfer.

As a Surveillance Operator, you typically sit in a room off the casino floor where you can view all of the video monitors from one centralized location. It helps to be familiar with each game so that you can identify each slide of hand, addition of chips, or signal to another player. You watch for any signs of cheating, counting, theft, or fraud, and report any suspicious behavior to your Supervisor or security. And you’re watching not only the players, but the staff as well.

Whether you’re observing the gaming tables, the slot machines, the keno players, or the football wagers, it’s your job as a Surveillance Operator to make sure the cameras are always on the action and your eyes are always on the monitors. Your attention to the most finite movements could save the casino thousands of dollars, and earn you a promotion to Surveillance Manager or Surveillance Director.

Should I be a Surveillance Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Surveillance Camera Operator, Surveillance Director, Surveillance Supervisor

    How to become a Surveillance Operator

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