WHAT DO FOOD SERVERS DO?
Food server is the broad term that describes anyone who works at a place that serves food. This could be a busser, counter attendant at a fast food restaurant, host or server at a sit-down restaurant, even someone serving food at a sports event or arena. Any place with food and drinks has a food server.
Food servers perform a variety of tasks, from preparing the food, stocking supplies, serving, charging people for their food, handling cash, credit cards, and a cash register, cleaning tables and counters, resetting tables, greeting customers and answering questions. Food servers work on their feet for long periods, and are experts at customer service.
Some different types of food servers include food preparation and service workers, who work at places like fast food restaurants , counter attendants, non-restaurant food servers, such as room service or hospital servers, and dining room and cafeteria workers.
HOW MUCH DO FOOD SERVERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, food servers made a median hourly income of $8.72 per hour, or $18,130 a year. The pay varies by job, though. Hosts and hostesses earned $8.87 per hour, counter attendants earned $8.83, bussers earned $8.75, and combined food and serving workers earned $8.63.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
food server jobs typically don't require a high school diploma, and most training is done on the job and will include proper food handling and safety training.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service: A dissatisfied customer is not going to tip. A friendly, relaxing demeanor, courteousness and quick service will help get repeat customers.
- Stamina: Long, busy days on your feet are the trademark of a server job.
- Teamwork: Servers are part of a team. You will be working with other servers, busboys, bartenders and cooks to make a great dining experience. Being a team player is essential.
THE FUTURE OF FOOD SERVERS
With more people eating takeout, self-service and carryout options, server jobs will grow slower than average over the next 10 years, according to the BLS.