Vending and Amusement Machine Servicer and Repairer Careers

Nature of the Work

Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers install, service, adjust, or repair machines, including arcade games, food and beverage machines, slot machines, jukeboxes, and other similar machines that dispense games or merchandise for money or credit. Servicers usually stock the machines and record the items sold and money collected. Repairers ensure the machines are operating correctly and make repairs as needed.

Education and Training

Most workers learn their skills on the job, but employers increasingly prefer to hire applicants with some high school or vocational school courses in electronics, refrigeration, and machine repair. A driver's license is required for those who need to drive to stock or repair machines.

Job Outlook

Employment change. Average growth is expected. While the number of vending and slot machines are expected to rise, they are also becoming easier to service and require fewer repairs. There will be fewer video arcade machines as people play more of these games at home.

Job prospects. Job opportunities should be excellent for repairers who have training in electronics, and who are willing to travel and work at times outside regular business hours. Opportunities will be fair for servicers, or route drivers.