Job prospects Food Counter Attendant in Alberta

Job opportunities for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) are fair in Alberta over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a food counter attendant.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Alberta

food counter attendant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) in Alberta for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

This occupation was among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with restaurants having to close periodically with the ever changing restrictions. In addition, many restaurants were forced to permanently close, reducing the total number of jobs in the province. As restrictions were eased through the summer and fall of 2021, restaurants were able to operate on a more normal basis, but were faced with labour shortages leading to a high demand for workers. Although there are fewer jobs available overall and weak growth forecasted for new jobs, the high demand for workers contributed to this overall positive rating.

Here are some key facts about Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations in the Alberta region:

  • Approximately 37,600 people work in this occupation.
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 78%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 45% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 55% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 38% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations work all year, while 62% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 27 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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