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Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Serve ice water, coffee, rolls, or butter to patrons.
    • Run cash registers.
    • Scrape and stack dirty dishes and carry dishes and other tableware to kitchens for cleaning.
    • Wipe tables or seats with dampened cloths or replace dirty tablecloths.
    • Set tables with clean linens, condiments, or other supplies.
    • Greet and seat customers.
    • Clean up spilled food or drink or broken dishes and remove empty bottles and trash.
    • Maintain adequate supplies of items, such as clean linens, silverware, glassware, dishes, or trays.
    • Locate items requested by customers.
    • Fill beverage or ice dispensers.
    • Carry food, dishes, trays, or silverware from kitchens or supply departments to serving counters.
    • Perform serving, cleaning, or stocking duties in establishments, such as cafeterias or dining rooms, to facilitate customer service.
    • Replenish supplies of food or equipment at steam tables or service bars.
    • Carry trays from food counters to tables for cafeteria patrons.
    • Wash glasses or other serving equipment at bars.
    • Stock cabinets or serving areas with condiments and refill condiment containers.
    • Serve food to customers when waiters or waitresses need assistance.
    • Carry linens to or from laundry areas.
    • Garnish foods and position them on tables to make them visible and accessible.
    • Clean and polish counters, shelves, walls, furniture, or equipment in food service areas or other areas of restaurants and mop or vacuum floors.
    • Mix and prepare flavors for mixed drinks.
    • Slice and pit fruit used to garnish drinks.
    • Stock refrigerating units with wines or bottled beer or replace empty beer kegs.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 20480/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 9.85/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 11,480
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,040

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Social Orientation
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance


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