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Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Job Information

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


  • Most jobs are part time and have few educational requirements, attracting many young people to the occupation—21 percent of these workers were 16 to 19 years old in 2008, about six times the proportion for all workers.
  • Job openings are expected to be abundant through 2018, which will create excellent opportunities for jobseekers.
  • Tips comprise a major portion of earnings for servers, so keen competition is expected for jobs in fine dining and more popular restaurants where potential tips are greatest.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $18,510/yr ($9.26/hr)
Job Outlook Bright
Education High School diploma