USA Career Guide- Waiter or Waitress
Education needed to be Waiter or WaitressWaiter and waitress jobs are at the entry level, there is no formal education is needed to enter the field. Though there short-term on-the-job training.
Some waiters and waitresses can acquire more skills by attending relevant classes offered by public or private vocational schools, restaurant associations, or large restaurant chains.
Pay of Waiter or WaitressAs reported by BLS the median hourly wage (including tips) of waiters and waitresses was $8.81 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.54, and the top 10 percent earned more than $14.41.
Many waiters and waitresses get their earnings from a combination of hourly wages and customer tips. Earnings vary greatly with the type of establishment and region.
Job Prospects of Waiter or Waitress
Employment of waiters and waitresses is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment is expected to increase as the population expands and people continue to eat at restaurants.
Job opportunities for waiters and waitresses are expected to be very good. Candidates with previous work experience and excellent customer service skills will have the best job opportunities in fine-dining and upscale restaurants. Potential earnings from tips are greatest and the number of job applicants far exceeds the number of job openings.
Waiters and waitresses held about 2.3 million jobs in 2010. Approximately three-fourths of them worked in full-service restaurants.