Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

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What do they do?

Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

Also known as:

Bar Back, Barback, Buffet Attendant, Bus Boy, Bus Person, Busboy, Busser, Dining Room Attendant, Food Service Aide, Food Service Helper, Server Assistant, Server's Assistant, Service Assistant

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #21 in job growth rate
  • 1,370

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #17 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.8%)
  • Associate's degree (7%)
  • Some college, no degree (19.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (42.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (22.1%)

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Operate cash registers.
  • Clean food service areas.
  • Collect dirty dishes or other tableware.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Usher patrons to seats or exits.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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