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Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.
Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.Education
There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.Training
Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.
Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.
Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.
Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.Advancement
Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.
Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.
Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||Quiznos Classic Subs||Houston, TX||Jun 14, 2013||$65,219|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||JP Doyle Restaurant and Public House, Inc.||Sleepy Hollow, NY||Jul 16, 2014||$43,827|
|Host/Hostess||Thaitanic Inc.||Washington, DC||Mar 10, 2011||$43,534|
|Host/Hostess||Thaitanic Inc.||Washington, DC||Apr 29, 2011||$43,534|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop||Food for Junior's Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 01, 2011||$30,222|
|Host/Hostess, Restaurant||Ricochez, Inc. DBA The Left Bank||CO||Jun 20, 2011||$30,074|
|Host/Hostess, Restaurant||Daniel's Foods, Inc. DBA Mirabelle Restaurant||CO||Jun 20, 2011||$30,074|
|Host and Hostess, Restaurant, Lounge & Coffee Shop||L & J Brazil Restaurant||New York, NY||Jan 30, 2012||$29,765|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||Veselka Enterprises, Ltd||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2008||$28,246|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||Upstairs On The Square||Cambridge, MA||Dec 12, 2013||$28,142|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||ATV Food Mart, Inc. D/B/A Five Star Banquet & Rest||Islandia, NY||May 09, 2014||$27,820|
|Host/Hostess||525 Riverside Ave. Liquors, LLC||Lyndhurst, NJ||Jul 16, 2012||$25,771|
|Hosts and Hostesses||Pelican Bay Foundation, Inc.||Naples, FL||Oct 01, 2015||$25,107|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||Tai Tan, Inc.||Reston, VA||Jan 25, 2013||$25,022|
|Host/Hostess||The Polo Club of Boca Raton, Inc.||FL||Oct 01, 2014||$22,394|
|Host/Hostess||Boca West Country Club, Inc.||FL||Oct 01, 2014||$22,394|
|Host/Hostess||The Club at Admirals Cove, Inc.||FL||Oct 01, 2014||$22,394|
|Host or Hostess||Daniel's Foods, Inc.||Avon, CO||Dec 01, 2014||$22,247|
|Host/Hostess||Thaiphoon Restaurant||Arlington, VA||Mar 05, 2010||$22,143|
|Host/Hostess||Thaiphoon Restaurant||Arlington, VA||Sep 08, 2010||$22,143|
|Host/Hostess||Thaiphoon of Old Town (Mai Thai)||Alexandria, VA||May 19, 2010||$22,069|
|Host/Hostess||Pt MEX LLC DBA Caracara Mexican Grill||Farmingdale, NY||Apr 29, 2016||$21,819|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant||Sapho, Inc. DBA The Fours||Boston, MA||Oct 15, 2007||$20,348|
|Host/Hostess||Thai Farm Inc.||Rockville, MD||Jun 29, 2010||$20,265|
|Host/Hostess||Tara Thai of Gaithersburg||Gaithersburg, MD||Nov 26, 2008||$20,265|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop||Prosci Corp||Elizabeth, NJ||Jun 22, 2010||$20,223|
|Host/Hostess||Boca West Country Club, Inc.||FL||Oct 01, 2012||$19,827|
|Host/Hostess, Restaurant||The Polo Club of Boca Raton, Inc.||FL||Oct 01, 2012||$19,827|
|Host/Hostess, Restaurant||Mirasol Club, Inc. D/B/A The Country Club at Miras||FL||Oct 01, 2012||$19,827|
|Host/Hostess, Restaurant||Workaway Staffing, Inc.||FL||Oct 15, 2011||$19,827|
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