Food Services and Drinking Places

OJT for Food Services and Drinking Places: NAICS 722

The Food Services and Drinking Places subsector is part of the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

The Food Services and Drinking Places subsector includes the following industries:

  • Special Food Services
  • Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
  • Restaurants and Other Eating Places

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,470.9 27.7 18.5 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Waiters and waitresses 2,421.8 19.3 7.1 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Cooks, restaurant 1,228.6 9.8 12.5 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers 801.6 6.4 10.3 High school diploma or equivalent None
Food preparation workers 521.2 4.2 8.2 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Cooks, fast food 471.6 3.8 -5.6 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Bartenders 470.5 3.8 1.9 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Dishwashers 431.8 3.5 3.5 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 400.5 3.2 7.0 No formal educational credential None
Cashiers 358.0 2.9 3.1 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 78.6 0.6 27.8 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Financial managers 1.2 0.0 20.7 Bachelor’s degree None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 2.6 0.0 19.0 Bachelor’s degree None
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,470.9 27.7 18.5 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Training and development managers 0.2 0.0 13.0 Bachelor’s degree None
Couriers and messengers 0.1 0.0 13.0 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Cooks, restaurant 1,228.6 9.8 12.5 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training
Food servers, nonrestaurant 69.7 0.6 12.3 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 5.0 0.0 12.3 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 0.7 0.0 12.3 High school diploma or equivalent None

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