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Most waiter and waitress jobs are entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.
Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years of age, but some states require servers to be older. Waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.Education
No formal education is required to become a waiter or waitress.Training
Most waiters and waitresses learn their skills through short-term on-the-job-training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees typically work with an experienced waiter or waitress, who teaches them basic serving techniques.
Some full-service restaurants provide new employees with some form of classroom training that alternates with periods of on-the-job work experience. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new servers establish a rapport with other staff, teach serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team. They also discuss customer service situations and the proper ways to handle unpleasant circumstances or unruly customers.
Training for waiters and waitresses in establishments that serve alcohol typically involves learning state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate the training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Waiters and waitresses must listen carefully to customers’ specific requests, ask questions, and relay the information to the kitchen staff, so that orders are prepared to the customers’ satisfaction.
Customer-service skills. Waiters and waitresses spend most of their work time serving customers. They should be friendly and polite and be able to develop a rapport with customers.
Detail oriented. Waiters and waitresses must record customers’ orders accurately. They need be able to recall the details of each order and match the food or drink orders to the correct customers.
Interpersonal skills. Waiters and waitresses should be courteous, tactful, and attentive as they deal with customers in all circumstances to resolve any issues that arise.
Physical stamina. Waiters and waitresses spend hours on their feet carrying heavy trays, dishes, and drinks.
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Black or African American0.5%
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University of Central Florida7.0%
College of Southern Nevada6.8%
Palm Beach State College6.4%
Miami Dade College6.2%
Florida State University5.4%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas5.2%
Florida Atlantic University5.1%
Johnson & Wales University4.8%
University of Phoenix4.7%
West Virginia University4.3%
Northern Virginia Community College4.3%
Florida International University4.1%
Georgia State University4.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.0%
San Diego State University3.9%
Arizona State University3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Dining Room Attendant||Naples Beach Hotel & Golf, Inc.||Naples, FL||Dec 01, 2016||$27,507|
|Dining Room Attendant||Pelican Bay Foundation, Inc.||Naples, FL||Oct 10, 2016||$27,006|
|Dining Room Attendant||Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club||Palm City, FL||Oct 20, 2015||$26,088|
|Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender||Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club||Palm City, FL||Oct 18, 2016||$26,088|
|Dining Room Attendant||Maidstone Club||East Hampton, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$25,566|
|Dining Room Attendant||Pelican Bay Foundation, Inc.||Naples, FL||Oct 01, 2015||$25,086|
|Dining Room Attendants||Nantucket Island Management, LLC||Nantucket, MA||Apr 01, 2016||$24,564|
|Dining Room Attendant/Counter Attendant||Wellfleet Harbor Seafood, Inc.||Wellfleet, MA||Apr 21, 2016||$24,564|
|Dining Room Attendants||Midish Corp||Nantucket, MA||Apr 25, 2016||$24,564|
|Dining Room Attendant||Ibis Golf and Country Club, Inc.||West Palm Beach, FL||Oct 01, 2015||$24,001|
|Dining Room Attendant||Ibis Golf & Country Club, Inc.||West Palm Beach, FL||Oct 01, 2016||$24,001|
|Dining Room Attendant||BC Chop LLC||Avon, CO||Dec 09, 2015||$23,771|
|Dining Room Attendant||Group 970||CO||Nov 01, 2015||$23,771|
|Bussers/Food Runners||Desert Mountain Club, Inc.||Scottsdale, AZ||Oct 01, 2016||$20,828|
|Dining Room Attendant||Fiddlesticks Country Club||Fort Myers, FL||Oct 01, 2016||$20,473|
|Dining Room Attendant||RYA Inc.||Lincoln, NE||Mar 01, 2015||$20,453|
|Dining Room Attendant||DAJ Inc.||Perryville, MO||Mar 01, 2015||$20,453|
|Dining Room Attendant||ATC Inc.||Ste Genevieve, MO||Mar 01, 2015||$20,453|
|Dining Room Attendant||Jonathan's, Inc.||Ogunquit, ME||Apr 01, 2016||$20,348|
|Dining Room Attendant||Chez Michel Restaurant||Lincolnville, ME||Apr 01, 2016||$20,348|
|Dining Room Attendants||Ogunquit Entertainment LLC||Ogunquit, ME||Apr 01, 2016||$20,307|
|Dining Room Attendant||Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa Ltd||Montauk, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$19,785|
|Dining Room Attendant||Maidstone Club||East Hampton, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$19,785|
|Dining Room Attendants||Florida Hospitality Management LLC||Captiva, FL||Nov 15, 2015||$19,743|
|Dining Room Attendant||Shinnecock Hills Golf Club||Southampton, NY||Apr 01, 2016||$19,743|
|Dining Room Attendant||363 Dune LLC||Hampton, NY||Jun 12, 2016||$19,743|
|Dining Room Attendant||East Hampton Point Management Corp.||East Hampton, NY||Jun 12, 2016||$19,743|
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