Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table. Include counter attendants who also wait tables with "Waiters and Waitresses" (35-3031).
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Tasks: Serve food, beverages, or desserts to customers in such settings as take-out counters of restaurants or lunchrooms, business or industrial establishments, hotel rooms, and cars. Prepare bills for food, using cash registers, calculators, or adding machines, and accept payment or make change. Cook food or prepare food items, such as sandwiches, salads, and ice cream dishes, using standard formulas or following directions. Perform cleaning duties such as sweeping, mopping, and washing dishes, to keep equipment and facilities sanitary. Balance receipts and payments in cash registers. Wrap menu item such as sandwiches, hot entrees, and desserts for serving or for takeout. Scrub and polish counters, steam tables, and other equipment, and clean glasses, dishes, and fountain equipment. Replenish foods at serving stations. Brew coffee and tea, and fill containers with requested beverages.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.67   Entry $18,032.00
Mean $9.97   Mean $20,737.00
Experience $10.62 Experience $22,085.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
Related Occupations: Postsecondary Institutions With Programs:
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
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Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
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Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
Waiters and Waitresses
No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
35-3022.00 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop