Food Preparation and Serving Occupations
The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about food preparation and serving occupations:
Employment in food preparation and serving related occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, and gain about 1 million jobs. Population and income growth are expected to result in greater consumer demand for food at a variety of dining places, including restaurants and grocery stores.
Food preparation and serving related occupations are the lowest-paid occupational group, with a median annual wage of $24,220 in May 2019.
Food Preparation and Serving Jobs
Below you find a list of positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.
|Occupation||Job Summary||Entry-Level Education||2019 Median Pay|
|Bartenders||Bartenders mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff.||No formal educational credential||$23,680|
|Chefs and Head Cooks||Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served.||High school diploma or equivalent||$51,530|
|Cooks||Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods.||See How to Become One||$26,360|
|Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers||Food and beverage serving and related workers perform a variety of customer service, food preparation, and cleaning duties in eating and drinking establishments.||No formal educational credential||$23,000|
|Food Preparation Workers||Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers.||No formal educational credential||$24,800|
|Waiters and Waitresses||Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.||No formal educational credential||$22,890|
Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers
Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!
- Career Change
- Career Goals
- Conflict Resolution
- Creative Thinking
- Cultural Fit
- Customer Service
- Growth Potential
- Honesty & Integrity
- Job Satisfaction
- Entry-Level & No experience
- Prioritization & Time Management
- Situational & Scenario-based
- Stress Management
- Telephone Interview
- Work Ethic