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Food Servers, Nonrestaurant - 35-3041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Food Server
  • Food Service Worker
  • Kitchen Runner
  • Room Server
  • Room Service Server
  • Tray Server

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Carry food, silverware, or linen on trays or use carts to carry trays.
  • Clean or sterilize dishes, kitchen utensils, equipment, or facilities.
  • Determine where patients or patrons would like to eat their meals and help them get situated.
  • Examine trays to ensure that they contain required items.
  • Load trays with accessories, such as eating utensils, napkins, or condiments.
  • Monitor food distribution, ensuring that meals are delivered to the correct recipients and that guidelines, such as those for special diets, are followed.
  • Monitor food preparation or serving techniques to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Place food servings on plates or trays according to orders or instructions.
  • Prepare food items, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, or beverages.
  • Record amounts and types of special food items served to customers.
  • Remove trays and stack dishes for return to kitchen after meals are finished.
  • Stock service stations with items, such as ice, napkins, or straws.
  • Take food orders and relay orders to kitchens or serving counters so they can be filled.
  • Total checks, present them to customers, and accept payment for services.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arrange food for serving.
  • Assist customers with seating arrangements.
  • Clean tableware.
  • Collect dirty dishes or other tableware.
  • Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel.
  • Cook foods.
  • Monitor food services operations to ensure procedures are followed.
  • Move equipment, supplies or food to required locations.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Culinary Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Attendant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Aide (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Car Hop
  • Food-Service Worker, Hospital
  • Waiter/Waitress, Room Service