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, Bus Boy, Bus Person, Busboy, Dietary Aid, Dietary Aide, Dining Room Attendant, Nutrition Aide, Server, Server Assistant, Shift Manager

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 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #18 in job growth rate
  • 1,310

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #18 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.6%)
  • Associate's degree (5.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (19.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (41.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (25%)

Percent of workers in this field

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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.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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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.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate cash registers.
  • Clean food service areas.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Provide customers with general information or assistance.
  • Collect dirty dishes or other tableware.
  • Move equipment, supplies or food to required locations.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 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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