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Career and Education Opportunities for Waiters in Illinois

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its biggest city is Chicago.

There are currently 79,930 working waiters in Illinois; this should grow 16% to about 92,360 working waiters in the state 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. In general, waiters take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

A person working as a waiter can expect to earn about $7 per hour or $16,470 annually on average in Illinois and about $8 hourly or $16,660 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for waiters are not quite as good as in the overall category of Service in Illinois, and not quite as good as the overall Service category nationally. Jobs in this field include: car hop, food server, and club waiter/waitress.

In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Approximately 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Dusable Museum of African American History.

CITIES WITH Waiter OPPORTUNITIES IN Illinois


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 Illinois 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: Illinois

Illinois
Illinois photo by Hary Han

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.