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Food Preparation and Serving – Job Summaries

Food Preparation and Serving – Job Summaries

Food Preparation and Serving

These workers make and provide food and drink to customers.

Overall employment in food preparation and serving occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 1.3 million new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 2.4 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2022).



Bakers mix ingredients according to recipes in order to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.

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restaurant owners


Bartenders mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff.

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Hospitality (Restaurants, Hotel)


Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.

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Chefs and Head Cooks

Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served..

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Food and Beverage Services

Food and beverage serving and related workers take and prepare orders, clear tables, and do other tasks associated with providing food and drink to customers.

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Food Service Managers

Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants or other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages.

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Waiters and Waitresses

Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.

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