|Quick Facts: Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$18,400 per year
$8.84 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||4,438,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||12% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||523,200|
Food and beverage serving and related workers perform a variety of customer service, food preparation, and cleaning duties in restaurants, cafeterias, and other eating and drinking establishments.
Food and beverage serving and related workers are employed in restaurants, schools, hospitals, cafeterias, and other dining places. Work shifts often include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. About half worked part time in 2012.
Most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.
The median hourly wage for food and beverage serving and related workers was $8.84 in May 2012.
Employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities in most dining establishments will be excellent, because many workers leave the occupation each year, resulting in numerous job openings.
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