1 in 3 Americans
One in three Americans get their first jobs in restaurants, and half of all American adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their careers. Restaurants are the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, offering skills and career opportunities to millions.
A majority of employees who work in the restaurant industry are proud to do so, and while not everyone stays in foodservice forever, the industry still prepares them to succeed in any career path they choose. Teamwork, professional behavior, time management and communication are all skills learned in the restaurant industry. These skills are applicable to any industry, and serve to prepare students and young people for their careers.
It is not only possible, but common, for employees to move from entry-level positions to those of management, and even ownership. Nine of 10 restaurant managers, supervisors and chefs, and eight of 10 restaurant owners’ first restaurant job was in an entry-level position, according to “Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry? A Nationwide Survey of the Restaurant Workforce.” The upward mobility offered to employees in the restaurant industry allows for growth and fosters a belief that it is a place where people of all backgrounds can open their own business. (more…)