Hosts & Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, & Coffee Shop

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Buffet Hostess, Greeter, Host, Hostess

What they do:
Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide guests with menus.
  • Assign patrons to tables suitable for their needs and according to rotation so that servers receive an appropriate number of seatings.
  • Greet guests and seat them at tables or in waiting areas.



  • customer service
  • sales and marketing

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • food production

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others


  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Social Orientation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Point of sale POS software

  • Hospitality Control Solutions Aloha Point-of-Sale

Data base user interface and query software

  • Avenista Table Reservations
  • Reservation software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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