What It Takes To Work At The Super Bowl

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It's the night of the year when roughly one in three Americans are doing the exact same thing -- Super Bowl Sunday. This year's big game is being played on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands of East Rutherford , N.J., the home stadium of both the Giants and Jets. As a result of the circus, the game is expected to lead to an extra $60 million for the local economy in the greater New York area, as CBS News reported.

And if history is any guide, the apex of each football season will also result in thousands of temp jobs. Indeed, as an economic impact study by the University of New Orleans commissioned after last year's big game found the 2013 Super Bowl led to the creation of 5,600 temp jobs and some $154 million in wages for the New Orleans area, as the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported.

According to NY Rep. Carolyn Maloney, this year the game will lead to the creation of 10,000 jobs around the metropolitan area, as CBS News also reported. So where are they? The National Football League has already hired 1,500 temp workers to staff the Super Bowl Boulevard in Manhattan's Times Square and Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The short gigs are for 4- and 8-hour shifts that pay between $12 and $20 per hour.

'Fun... Not As Glamorous As It Sounds'
Cindie Steger-Heit of the Garland, Texas-based Triple Play Staffing agency helped to recruit temp workers. She noted that many Super Bowl gigs are not quite on a par with a champagne celebration in the locker-room. "I have to make sure people understand that they are there to work and not watch the game and enjoy a cocktail," she told the Star-Ledger. "It's fun, but it's not as glamorous as it sounds."

Interestingly, as AOL Jobs has reported, the Super Bowl is not a pure net-gain for the economy. In fact, an extra 1.5 million people call in sick the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday. The hangover effect is so stark that petitions have circulated trying to make the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday.

So what are the available temp jobs that are created for the big game? Reports about Super Bowl jobs creation mention the increase in tourism jobs in the New York metropolitan area resulting from the game, in addition to construction workers to security officers to limo drivers.

And as AOL Jobs has also reported, the game is also famous for creating opportunities that are particularly unique to the big game:

1. Super Bowl commercials

About: The commercials provide an opportunity to create advertisements that will get plenty of attention. And as AOL Jobs has reported, the famous commercials are fully staffed and require a roster of workers, including the following: an agency producer; the creative team (writer, art director, and film director); the production team (director, production company, film editor, post production/special effects, music and sound design people).

The money: Fox has not announced what it is charging for the 30-second slots during the game, but USA Today pegged the number at $4 million each.

Find out more about Super Bowl commercials work.

2. Super Bowl fireworks

About: The Souzas of Rialto, Calif., also known as "America's Fireworks Family," has been in charge of roughly half of all the productions for each year's halftime show, as AOL Jobs has reported. The family has been in the business for five generations and plan their Super Bowl show one to two years in advance.

The money: The Souza family has told Fox Business it costs as much as $6 million for its large-scale fireworks shows, which also includes the July 4th show across the New York city skyline.

Find out more about Super Bowl fireworks work.

3. Super Bowl filming

About: The job is as exhilarating as it sounds. "Your heart's pumping like crazy during the opening kickoff and all the lights are flashing from the fans' cameras in the stands," as veteran cameraman Dan Pratt from ABC affiliate WTAE-TV 4 in Pittsburgh told AOL Jobs.

The money: According to Salary.com, the average salary of a camera operator in the United States is $37,447.

Find out more about Super Bowl camera work.

4. Super Bowl cheerleading

About: Just as the game is the pinnacle of the football season, it's also the highpoint of the professional cheerleading year. And as Angela Lavoie, who has cheered for the New England Patriots during the Super Bowl told AOL Jobs, cheerleading is one aspect of the sport that has no off-season.
"We learn several different routines and we just go all year," she said. "For the Super Bowl, our training changes a bit to accommodate the fact that we aren't on our home field."

The money: According to salary website, TheRichest.com, NFL cheerleaders are often paid between $70 to $90 per game, and so walk away between $500 to $750 a season. The visibility can however often lead to other gigs. Actress Teri Hatcher, for instance, started as a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers.

Find out more about Super Bowl cheerleading work.

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