Associate of Science (AS): Casino Business Operations Degree Overview

Associate of Science (AS) in Casino Business Operations programs can provide students with the managerial, technical and operational experience needed to pursue a career in the casino industry.

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Essential Information

An AS in Casino Business operations prepares students for careers in the casino industry. Some casino programs are offered as concentrations within business operations, hospitality and restaurant management programs. Most programs feature an internship where students spend time in actual casino settings.

These programs are available at community colleges and technical schools. Programs typically take two years to complete, and applicants must have a high school diploma or GED for entrance.


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Associate of Science Degree in Casino Business Operations

Students enrolled in associate's degree programs in casino business operations must fulfill general education requirements in addition to core courses in the field, including marketing, public relations and the business side of casino management. Other courses offered may include:

  • Accounting
  • Gaming and social policy
  • Casino loss prevention
  • Casino operations
  • Gaming legal issues

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment for all gaming service workers was expected to increase by 1% from 2014-2024, representing little or no change (www.bls.gov). Employment for gaming managers is expected to decline by 1%. Growth in the industry is expected due to increasing popularity of gambling establishments, but it will likely be balanced by the fact that some new casinos will fail because of competition, and because younger people are less likely to spend their money on gaming than in the past. As of May 2015, the BLS reported that the median annual salary of gaming managers was $68,380.

Continuing Education and Certification Information

Upon completion of the associate's degree program, students can pursue immediate entry-level employment at casinos or pursue additional education. The BLS states that most employers prefer that gaming managers have an associate's or bachelor's degree, but it is typically not required. Bachelor's degree programs in hospitality and casino management can help graduates acquire additional business and management skills to help them manage casinos.

Those who work in the gaming industry must have licensure by a specific agency, whether it's a state control board or commission, according to the BLS. Most states have their own regulations and age requirements, so graduates must check with their state's casino board to determine what those are.

In order to learn more about the gaming industry, students who aspire to work at casinos can earn an AS in the field of casino business operations.

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