Restaurants Offer First Jobs, Flexibility and Long Term Careers

Restaurants Offer First Jobs, Flexibility and Long Term CareersAccording to a new infographic released today by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), 92 percent of restaurant employees younger than 18 got their first paid job in restaurants. Furthermore, restaurant employees who choose to stay in the industry build long-term careers. Current restaurant employees age 25 to 34 report a median tenure of 10 years and employees age 35 to 44 stay a median of 19 years. Restaurants also provide employment opportunities for those attending college – 64 percent of bartenders, 49 percent of managers and 41 percent of servers are enrolled in a four-year college or university.

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

Restaurants Offer First Jobs, Flexibility and Long Term CareersAs 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