We surveyed 2,296 caterers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical caterer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a caterer?

Low

High

Working as a caterer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a caterer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a caterer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a caterer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a caterer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for caterers.

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Do caterers work full-time or part-time?

35% of caterers work in full-time roles while 65% work part-time.

Is being a caterer stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst caterers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a caterer?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a caterer.

How competitive is the workplace for caterers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for caterers.

Does being a caterer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Caterers will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are caterers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Caterers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do caterers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally caterers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a caterer physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a caterer requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are caterers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, caterers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a caterer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for caterers.

Does being a good caterer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as caterers.