Ushers are usually the first people that come in contact with patrons of entertainment theater and sporting events. Ushers greet venue guests distribute programs assist people who are looking for seats direct individuals to restrooms and refreshment stands ask people to turn off cell phones and help visitors search for items they have lost. When necessary ushers may have to warn or remove patrons who are behaving in a disruptive manner and they may have to move people who have taken the wrong seats. Ushers must have physical stamina because they spend most of their time on their feet. They work indoors or outdoors depending on their employer. Those situated outdoors must be willing to work regardless of weather conditions. The number of hours per week that ushers work depends on the employer but most ushers can expect to spend some of their time working holidays evenings and weekends. There are no formal educational qualifications for this job but most employers want ushers to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Also their appearance must be neat and well-groomed and they usually wear uniforms that are supplied by the employer. Ushers should have a courteous but confident manner and they must be capable of dealing with crowds of people some of whom may become disruptive at times. They receive on-the-job training once they are hired. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that ushers earn an average hourly wage of $9.43. Sometimes people give them gratuities which add to their salary.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $19614
High Salary: $20614
Low Salary: $18614
Tasks: Greets venue guests.
Directs people to their seats.
Distributes programs.
Removes disruptive patrons.
Also Called: Greeter
Ticket Taker
Lobby Attendant
Box Office Attendant
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