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Waiters & Waitresses

Also called: Food Server, Server, Waiter, Waitress

What they do:
Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.
On the job, you would:
  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Collect payments from customers.
  • Write patrons' food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff.


  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Point of sale POS software
  • Compris Advanced Manager's Workstation
  • ICVERIFY software


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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