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Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers
Quick Facts : Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers*
2010 Median Pay$18,130
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20124,110,400
Job Outlook12% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change491,600


Food and beverage serving and related workers perform a variety of customer service, food preparation, and cleaning duties in full-service restaurants, casual dining eateries, and other eating and drinking places. Depending on the establishment, they might take customers? food and drink orders and prepare and serve food and beverages. Most work as part of a team, helping coworkers to improve workflow and customer service.

What Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers Do

  • Prepare and clean assigned work areas
  • Replenish and stock service stations, cabinets, and tables
  • Serve food and drinks to customers from behind a counter
  • Greet customers, escort them to their seats, and hand them menus
  • Answer customers' questions about menu items and specials

Work Environment

Food and beverage serving and related workers are employed in restaurants, schools, hospitals, cafeterias, and other dining places. The majority work part time, which often includes early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, but employment growth will vary by specialty.
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Pay

The average hourly wage for food and beverage serving and related workers was $8.72 in May 2010.
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Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

18130

Food Services Occupations

25491.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

11.9599

Food Services Occupations

5.989887148141861

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry level and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teach formal serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team.
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