Food & Beverage

Food and beverage serving and related workers held 7.7 million jobs in 2012. The distribution of jobs among the various food and beverage serving occupations was as follows:

  • Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,701,700
  • Waiters and waitresses 2,381,600
  • Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 525,400
  • Dishwashers 522,900
  • Bartenders 508,700
  • Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 420,700
  • Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 350,700
  • Food servers, nonrestaurant 189,800
  • All other food preparation and serving related workers 50,900

The overwhelming majority of jobs for food and beverage serving and related workers were found in food services and drinking places, such as restaurants, fast food outlets, bars, and catering or contract food service operations. Other jobs were in hotels, motels, and other traveler accommodation establishments; amusement, gambling, and recreation establishments; educational services; nursing care facilities; and civic and social organizations.

Jobs are located throughout the country but are more plentiful in larger cities and tourist areas. Vacation resorts offer seasonal employment. ( BE A PART OF A HOTEL INDUSTRY)