Waiters and Waitresses

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What do they do?

Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Also known as:

Banquet Server, Buffet Server, Cocktail Server, Food Runner, Food Server, Restaurant Server, Server, Waiter, Waitress, Waitstaff

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Waiters and Waitresses in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Waiters and Waitresses 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:

  • 2.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #20 in job growth rate
  • 14,560

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.4%)
  • Master's degree (1.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (13.7%)
  • Associate's degree (9%)
  • Some college, no degree (29.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (33%)
  • Less than high school diploma (12.3%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Knowledge

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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Take customer orders.
  • Communicate with customers to resolve complaints or ensure satisfaction.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
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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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