According to the latest infographic released today by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the $709 billion restaurant industry provides significant opportunities and career advancement, as well as job flexibility, for millions of Americans.
An industry poised for growth, restaurant employment is expected to reach 15.7 million over the next 10 years — equating to 1.7 million new jobs for people of all age groups, from millennials to seniors. To support this growth, the restaurant industry often offers flexible schedules that allow both full-time and part-time employees to attend school to enhance their skills and advance in the industry. In fact:
- 9 out of 10 employees say the restaurant industry is a good place to land a first job.
- 86 percent of employees ages 25-34 have advanced to higher-paying jobs.
- 7 out of 10 say restaurants provide good long-term opportunities.
During Career Technical Education (CTE) Month in February, the NRAEF is continuing its work to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented workforce through programs such as ProStart, which connects the industry and the classroom to train students in skills that will help them achieve exciting, rewarding careers.
The infographic highlights data from the NRAEF’s new workforce study Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry. The study details the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants.
For more information on restaurant careers in this dynamic industry, and to view the entire workforce study, visit www.ChooseRestaurants.org.
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation’s largest employers. For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.