Stadium Ushers and Vendors


Education and Training Requirements

High School

High school students fill many of the usher and vendor positions in theaters and stadiums, although there is an age requirement for vendors who sell alcoholic beverages. Good standing in high school or a high school degree is usually required. Employers will strongly consider your school attendance record, so regular and prompt attendance is advised.

Postsecondary Training

Vendors and ushers are not required to have college-level education or training. Most training is conducted on the job for a brief time and new employees are used to fill the less responsible jobs and quieter locations. While the trainees are learning, they are shifted to different parts of the stadium as the need arises.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Ushers and vendors are not required to be certified, but those who sell alcohol or certain other items must have a license.

Other Requirements

Vendors applying for licenses may need to meet age requirements to sell certain wares.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

No experience is needed to work as an usher or vendor, but those with prior work experience will increase their chances of landing a job, getting promoted, and possibly earning higher pay.

To be a successful stadium usher or vendor, you need to be affable and friendly. Strong oral communication skills are needed in order to interact successfully with the general public. Strong math skills will help in dealing with the transfer of money. Ushers and vendors should be physically fit because they are on their feet during much of their shift. They must also be willing to work outdoors in sometimes harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold or heat, driving rain, sleet, or snow.