According to a new infographic released today by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), nine out of 10 restaurant employees 35 or older have moved to higher-paying positions in the industry after their first job. Additionally, after their first paying job, 71 percent of employees age 18 to 24 also landed a more lucrative position in either a cross-industry segment or another role such as restaurant manager, business operations or cook. With the abundance of restaurants in nearly every community, there is ample opportunity for restaurant employees who choose to stay in the industry to secure new positions, and build long-term careers.
The infographic highlights data from the NRAEF’s new workforce study Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry, which was released in late August. 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.