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Daily Archives: April 10, 2010

6th largest group of employees in the US

Yes, that would be “waiters and waitresses”. Here are the top 6:

Occupation Employment Percent of U.S. Employment Mean Wage
  Hourly Annual
Retail salespersons 4,426,280 3.27 $9.86 $20,510
Cashiers 3,545,610 2.62 8.49 17,660
Office clerks, general 2,906,600 2.15 12.17 25,320
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,708,840 2.00 7.90 16,430
Registered nurses 2,542,760 1.88 30.03 62,450
Waiters and waitresses 2,371,750 1.75 8.01 16,660


This is taken from The Bureau of labor Statistics:

The National Restaurant Association predicts this:

Restaurants to add 1.3 million jobs

The National Restaurant Association’s 2010 Restaurant Industry Forecast projects that restaurants will employ 14 million people by 2010, 1.3 million more than today. Read our 2010 Forecast to learn more about the fastest-growing occupations and the states with the strongest job growth over the next decade.

Keep in mind that this is all restaurant workers. The restaurant industry employs around 5,000,000 people, not including management.

Food for thought.