An Overview of Employment in Branson: What, Where, and How to Get a Job
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What's it like to live in Branson?
- Approximately 6,050 people live in Branson, according to 2000 US Census information.
- Cost of living index for Branson/Springfield is 88.2 (MEAN = 100).
- Median household income: $31,997 (year 2000).
- Median house value: $123,900 (year 2000).
Where can I get a job?
There is so much to see and do in Branson, MO that the job opportunities are almost endless. In a town of just over 6,000 people, it's a surprising fact that the city boasts 201 hotels and motels, 45 theaters, and 4 newspapers. The leading employer in Branson is Herschend Family Entertainment with 2,300 employees. Job-seekers have a number of options to choose from with Herschend Family Entertainment, including Silver Dollar City, Celebration City, White Water, and the Showboat Branson Belle. Seasonal (3-, 6-, & 9-month positions), year-round, and entertainment options are available. Silver Dollar City also has an internship program. If you're not sure what job you would like, attend Silver Dollar City's job fair that occurs around late-winter/early-spring. Healthcare is another strong field in Branson, with Skaggs Community Hospital being the 2nd leading employer with 804 employees. Of course, retail is another option, with such employers as Tanger Factory Outlets, Factory Shoppes of America, and Factory Merchants Mall. If you are an educator, be sure to apply with Branson R-IV Public Schools (the 4th leading Branson employer), or College of the Ozarks (8th leading employer).
But what about theater jobs?
Branson is full of theaters boasting world-class singing, dancing, comedy, and entertainment of all kinds. Certainly these talented performers appreciate the opportunity to showcase their talents while living in a laid-back community that has comfort and convenience. Theaters in Branson each have their own hiring policies, and it is best to contact the individual theaters for requirements and audition schedules. But don't think that you have to have a special stage talent to work in a Branson theater. For example, the Shoji Tabuchi Theater has positions in all sorts of departments, such as Box Office, Gift Shop, Concession, Ushers, Maintenance, Parking, Lighting Department, Sound Department, Stage Department, and Wardrobe Department. It takes a lot to make these theaters run, so there are almost always jobs in a variety of settings.
No matter your talent, background, skills, or experience, Branson, Missouri has so much to offer that you're bound to find a great career in this great city!