Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.

Median Annual Wage: $18,740

Education: Less than high school diploma (75%); High school diploma or equivalent (24%); Some college, no degree (1%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Crew Member; Food Service Worker; Cafeteria Worker; Food Service Assistant; Line Server; Server; Cafe Server; Cafe Worker; Cafeteria Server; Cafe Attendant

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More Food Preparation and Serving Related Careers

  • Prepare bills for food, using cash registers, calculators, or adding machines, and accept payment or make change.
  • Cook food or prepare food items, such as sandwiches, salads, and ice cream dishes, using standard formulas or following directions.
  • Perform cleaning duties such as sweeping, mopping, and washing dishes, to keep equipment and facilities sanitary.
  • Balance receipts and payments in cash registers.
  • Wrap menu item such as sandwiches, hot entrees, and desserts for serving or for takeout.
  • Scrub and polish counters, steam tables, and other equipment, and clean glasses, dishes, and fountain equipment.
  • Replenish foods at serving stations.
  • Brew coffee and tea, and fill containers with requested beverages.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop.

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop.

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