Ninety-two percent of restaurant employees under 18 say their first paid job was in the industry, and 89 percent of restaurant employees under 18 are enrolled in school, according to a workforce study released by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
As the most extensive research of the restaurant sector workforce in decades, “Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry,” which was released in late August, 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.
The latest infographic shows restaurants are building blocks for American students looking for their first paid job, and restaurants boost career opportunities by teaching valuable workplace skills that last a lifetime.
For more information on restaurant careers, 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.