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Food Service Worker - Food service workers are the front line of customer service in eating establishments. They greet customers, handout menus, take orders, and serve the food. They also answer questions, explain menu items and specials, and keep tables and dining areas clean and set for new diners. Most work as part of a team, helping coworkers during busy times to improve workflow and customer service. There are no specific educational requirements for food and beverage service jobs and entry-level food service workers usually start at minimum wage. Many food service workers work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Some work for several hours during the middle of the day, take a few hours off in the afternoon, and then return to their jobs for evening hours. Average salary $16,000/yr.

Dietary Assistant - Individuals in this position assist dietitians in the provision of food service and nutritional programs. Under the supervision of dietitians, they may plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals. Most occupations require training in vocational schools or related on-the-job experience. Average salary $26,000/yr.

Two Years of Education or an Associates Degree

Food Service Managers - Responsible for the daily operations of restaurants and other establishments. Besides coordinating activities among various departments, food service managers must ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience. They also oversee the inventory and purchasing of food, equipment, and supplies and arrange for the routine maintenance and upkeep of the restaurant, its equipment, and facilities. Managers generally are responsible for all of the administrative and human-resource functions of running the business, including recruiting new employees and monitoring employee performance and training. Food service managers are among the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night. Long hours—12 to 15 per day, 50 or more per week, and sometimes 7 days a week—are common. Average salary $44,000/yr.

Bachelors Degree or Higher

Dieticians and Nutritionists - Plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications, such as the use of less salt for those with high blood pressure or the reduction of fat and sugar intake for those who are overweight. Dietitians manage food service systems for institutions such as hospitals and schools, promote sound eating habits through education, and conduct research. Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics. Average salary $50,000/yr.

* All wages and salaries based on 2009 statistics.

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