Working in the Food Service Industry – Pros and Cons

The food service industry is a field that many people work in at some part of their lives. This is because many food service industry jobs do not require a college degree, and can be easier to obtain than other types of jobs. So, high school students, college students, and many other young people often work in the food service industry. However, many other people also work in the food service industry past their teens and early twenties.

Here are some of the top pros and cons of working in the food service industry.



1. It can be fun

Bars and restaurants can be an exciting place to work. This is because many of the customers are there to enjoy themselves, and so the whole work atmosphere is often one that is geared toward having fun.

2. It is a good place to meet friends

People who work in restaurants often become good friends with their coworkers. This is because a special type of comradery can build up when you work long hours with the same people over and over.

3. Tips can be great

If you work in the right restaurant, then the money that you make on tips can be very good. This is especially true if you are good at your job and if you keep your customers happy.


1. You may frequently have to work weekends

The weekends are often the busiest time for businesses in the food service industry. This is because that is when many people go out to eat or to get drinks. So, if you want to get the most tips, you may have to frequently work at least one day on the weekends.

2. May not be the best option for your resume

If you are trying to become a computer programmer, companies who are evaluating your resume in the future may not be very impressed that you worked as a waiter for two years. A better alternative may be an unpaid internship with a computer programming company.

3. The pay may be inconsistent or low

Many jobs in the food service industry are low paying. For example, busboys and dishwashers often make minimum wage, or only slightly higher than that. Waiters and bartenders can make a lot more, but their pay may be inconsistent due to variations in tips. So, this can be frustrating.


If you like to work in a fast-paced and fun environment where you get to serve people food and drinks, then the food service industry may be perfect for you. However, if you are concerned about the inconsistent pay, working on the weekends, and the other drawbacks of this industry, then you may be better off working in a different field.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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