Hospitality and Tourism Management Careers | Food Service Team Member

Food Service Team Member

Career Area: Hospitality, Food, and Tourism

Occupation Group: Food and Beverage Service and Support

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Food Service Team Member earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $22,675

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $25,210

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Assists with preparing and serving food. Works as part of food service team in a hospital or other institution. or takes orders and serves food at a fast food restaurant.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina18766+20.4%
Nationwide494383+16.8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Food Service Team Member is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Positive Disposition: Optimism is a mental attitudea happy belief that the outcome of some specific endeavor, or outcomes in general, will be good.
  • English: English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Cleaning: Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances, such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities, from an object or environment.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.
  • Food Service Experience: Foodservice(US English) or catering industry (British English)definesthose businesses, institutions, and companies responsible for any meal prepared outside the home. This industry includes restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations, and many other formats
  • Food Safety: Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.
  • Food Preparation: Food preparation preparing food for eating, generally requires selection, measurement and combination of ingredients in an ordered procedure so as to achieve desired results.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Food Service Team Member that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Cash Register Operation: Working experience of Cash Register Operation, which is an electronic device used to calculate financial transactions. Most cash registers consist of a keyboard that is used to input entries, a scanner, a drawer that is used to hold cash, and a printing device for receipts. With the advancement of technology, cash registers are able to do a wide variety of additional functions including credit card processing, personal check verification, and inventory tracking.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years95%
3 to 5 years4%
6 to 8 years0%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Team Member
  • Crew Member
  • Food Service Worker
  • Restaurant Team Member
  • Crew