Job creation was one of the potentials considered by New Jersey legislators and Governor Christie when they enacted laws to legalize Internet gambling in the Garden State. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has it on record that along with the continuing decline of revenues, the number of casino workers in Atlantic City went down as well. Data gathered by the NJDGE shows that the figures dropped from around 45,000 in 2005 to current estimates of about 35,000.
Still, the future jobs promised by the advent of online gambling are not the typical line of work found in terrestrial casinos, since web-based partners will be hiring those that have relative knowledge in Internet-based gambling facilities.
They will be looking for information technology specialists who will provide technical support to the online casino sites. Gaming platform providers with capabilities for integrating live casino tables will also scout for attractive live casino dealers or croupiers. The employment of marketing-oriented individuals would prove significant in enticing online customers, whether by way of land or cloud-based promotional campaigns.
PokerStars, for one, is planning to hire 50 new employees to handle the installation of its online gambling infrastructure, once it succeeds in getting the NJDGE’s approval. If the plan to set up headquarters in New Jersey pushes through, the poker company intends to hire 150 more. 2UP Gaming, a UK-based gaming company that is yet to acquire or collaborate with an Atlantic City casino, voiced plans of hiring as many as 1,000 workers for its Internet gambling initiatives in NJ.
Although Caesars Interactive Entertainment is confident that jobs will be created, the company prefers not to make a guess on how many, since web-partners are still focused on acquiring their NJ licenses.