Food and Beverage

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Food and beverage serving and related workers held 7.7 million jobs in 2012. The distribution of jobs among the various food and beverage serving occupations was as follows:

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,701,700

Waiters and waitresses 2,381,600

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 525,400 Dishwashers 522,900 Bartenders 508,700

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 420,700 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 350,700 Food servers, non-restaurant 189,800

All other food preparation and serving related workers 50,900

The overwhelming majority of jobs for food and beverage serving and related workers were found in food services and drinking places, such as restaurants, fast food outlets, bars, and catering or contract food service operations. Other jobs were in hotels, motels, and other traveler accommodation establishments; amusement, gambling, and recreation establishments; educational services; nursing care facilities; and civic and social organizations.

Jobs are located throughout the country but are more plentiful in larger cities and tourist areas. Vacation resorts offer seasonal employment. ( BE A PART OF A HOTEL INDUSTRY)