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Career and Education Opportunities for Waiters in Florida

Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville.

Currently, 197,920 people work as waiters in Florida. This is expected to grow 17% to 232,430 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for waiters, which sees this job pool growing by about 6.4% over the next eight years. Waiters generally take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Waiters earn approximately $8 per hour or $18,390 per year on average in Florida. Nationally they average about $8 per hour or $16,660 per year. Waiters earn more than people working in the category of Service generally in Florida and less than people in the Service category nationally. People working as waiters can fill a number of jobs, such as: car hop, headwaitress, and food server.

In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist attractions include the Mike S Aquatics, the Museum of Science and History, and the Fish Mania.

CITIES WITH Waiter OPPORTUNITIES IN Florida


JOB DESCRIPTION: Waiter

Waiter video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, waiters take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Every day, waiters are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they speak clearly.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Florida include:

  • Counter Clerk. Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.
  • Dining Room Attendant. Facilitate food service. Clean tables, carry dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, and dishes; supply service bar with food, and serve water, butter, and coffee to patrons.
  • Food Service Aide. Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
  • Host Coordinator. Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Florida

Florida
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Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville. In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. About 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Fish Mania, the Mike S Aquatics, and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.