Also known as Food Server, Food Service Worker, Kitchen Runner, Room Server, Room Service Server, Tray Server
Also known as Food Server, Food Service Worker, Kitchen Runner
Food Servers serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.
Food Servers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Food Servers. More generally, Food Servers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Food Server is $25,910, and the average salary is $27,460. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Food Server salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Food Servers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Food Servers earn less than $19,350 per year, 25% earn less than $22,200, 75% earn less than $30,830, and 90% earn less than $37,910.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Food Servers is expected to change by 13.8%, and there should be roughly 45,700 open positions for Food Servers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Food Server are usually higher in their Social, Realistic, and Enterprising interests.
Food Servers typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Food Servers typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Lastly, Food Servers typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Food Server tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Food Servers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Food Servers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Food Servers somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Food Servers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, self-control, and stress tolerance.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Food Servers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Food Server usually requires a high school diploma.
Food Servers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Food Servers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, food production, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Food Servers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Food Servers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Food Servers need abilities such as oral comprehension, near vision, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Food Servers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Food Servers frequently use skills like active listening, service orientation, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Food Servers, ranked by their relative importance.
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