Reasons to Work in a Restaurant


Working in a restaurant can be a tough job. In some positions, you may spend your entire shift on your feet. Front-of-the-house positions involve customer service, which is often challenging especially if you're having a bad day or do not feel well. While these things make working in the restaurant industry hard, there are many reasons why people choose this occupation.

Little Experience Required

  • Restaurants are one of the easiest places to find a job. Someone with little or no experience may be able to find a restaurant job. Washing dishes and bussing tables are two entry-level restaurant positions that require little experience. Some restaurants may also be willing to hire people as waiters or cooks and train them for the job. There is a large turnover in many restaurants, meaning there are often job openings available.

Flexible Hours

  • In many office jobs, working from nine to five Monday through Friday is the norm. However, it is common for restaurants to be open during a much longer span through the day and on weekends. This means that restaurants need employees who can work a variety of shifts. If you also attend school or want to be home during the day with your children, you may find that flexible restaurant hours work well with your schedule.

Room to Grow

  • Many restaurants hire from within to fill management roles. For example, the McDonald's website states that many of their crewmembers go on to become store managers, regional managers and even owners. Budding chefs can get their start working as prep or line cook in a restaurant or fast food establishment.


  • The atmosphere in a restaurant is unlike working in an office or even a retail store. According to the website, "the hospitality industry contains some of the most vibrant, lively and fun people you'll ever meet." If you work with customers, you also have the opportunity to help make their day memorable by connecting with them as you do your job.

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