In restaurants, cafes, hotels, and other food service establishments, food service attendants help ensure the smooth flow of service and meal preparation. Although their duties may vary depending on the establishment they are working for, anyone who wants to be a food service attendant can expect general responsibilities like taking orders, responding to customer queries, assisting with food preparation, and keeping the workspace clean.
Food service attendants may also act as a cashier, especially in quick-service restaurants. They may also work the drive-thru window or manage delivery orders. Many food service attendants learn to cook on the job and may even progress to actual cooking positions over time.
To become a food service attendant, an applicant must have at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Depending on the establishment, prior work experience may not be required but can be an advantage. Basic skills in food preparation, cleaning, and customer service are also a plus.
The average salary of a food service attendant is $11 per hour or about $23,000 a year. They may make additional income from tips, depending on the nature of their position and the establishment itself.