Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

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About the Job

Facilitate food service. Clean tables, remove dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

It is also Called

  • Banquet Houseperson
  • Banquet Set Up Person
  • Bar Attendant
  • Bar Back
  • Barmaid
  • Bartender Helper
  • Beverage Server
  • Breakfast Attendant
  • Breakfast Bar Attendant
  • Buffet Attendant
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What They Do

  • Run cash registers.
  • Wipe tables or seats with dampened cloths or replace dirty tablecloths.
  • Set tables with clean linens, condiments, or other supplies.
  • Locate items requested by customers.
  • Scrape and stack dirty dishes and carry dishes and other tableware to kitchens for cleaning.
  • Carry food, dishes, trays, or silverware from kitchens or supply departments to serving counters.
  • Perform serving, cleaning, or stocking duties in establishments, such as cafeterias or dining rooms, to facilitate customer service.
  • Garnish foods and position them on tables to make them visible and accessible.
  • Carry trays from food counters to tables for cafeteria patrons.
  • Clean up spilled food or drink or broken dishes and remove empty bottles and trash.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $20,820 with most people making between $16,680 and $28,370

Outlook

8.27%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,960 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 162 openings due to growth and about 980 replacement openings for approximately 1,142 total annual openings.



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