We surveyed 50,581 food servers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical food server. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a food server?

Low

High

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

Can I learn to become a food server?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a food server 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 food server?

Easy

Hard

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

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Do food servers work full-time or part-time?

33% of food servers work in full-time roles while 67% work part-time.

Is being a food server stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for food servers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a food server?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a food server.

How competitive is the workplace for food servers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for food servers.

Does being a food server require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Food servers will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are food servers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Food servers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do food servers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Food servers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a food server physically demanding?

Low

High

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

Are food servers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

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

Does being a food server require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a food server.

Does being a good food server require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

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