With nearly 45 days until it’s official Internet gambling launch, New Jersey is preparing for a revitalization of Atlantic City, and not just in its approach to gambling. According to a recent Press of Atlantic City article, “hundreds, if not thousands” of people could find them among the state’s most newly employed.
Of course, being that most of the gambling can happen while folks are lounging around in their New Jersey homes and hotel rooms, the jobs that could be available won’t be the standard casino fare of servers, table attendants, and chefs. The new Internet gambling industry would call for candidates in the information technology, customer service, and consumer marketing sectors.
While the companies that can directly influence the job market–PokerStars, Bwin.party, 2UP Gaming, and 888 Holdings, to name a few–are slow to name actually numbers, they all agree that they’ll be hiring, and soon. How quickly and how robustly the Internet gambling craze takes over will factor in to the actual number of jobs created.
Job growth was a large factor in getting Governor Chris Christie to sign off on the online gambling legislation, especially since nearly 10,000 jobs have been lost in the last ten years due to the economic downturn, catastrophic damage due to Hurricane Sandy, and competition of neighboring states. While the numbers backing the potential revenue brought in by online gambling are fairly promising, the number of jobs created is a tougher call, particularly since IT jobs can more easily be outsourced to different states, and even different countries.
Since some companies will be using live dealers in their online games, there is potential for job growth in that sector, as well as growth in the brick-and-mortar casino industry, particularly as online gambling companies look to acquire or build a land-based presence.
Online betting in New Jersey is scheduled to go live on November 26th.