Job prospects Food And Beverage Server in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "food and beverage server" was moved from the group Food and beverage servers (NOC 6513) to the group Food and beverage servers (NOC 65200).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "food and beverage server" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

food and beverage server
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Food and beverage servers (NOC 6513) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Restaurants, particularly full-service, bars, and banquet halls
  • Hotels, motels and resorts
  • Sports and recreational establishments such as golf courses

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • In general, employee turnover is expected to create a steady number of job openings, as this is an entry-level occupation with a younger workforce
  • Over the longer term, population growth will lead to increased development in several communities, helping support the opening of new restaurants and food service operations

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Some employers may require food safety training such as the completion of a Food Handler Certification Program
  • Experience as a formal waiter/waitress may be preferred for some positions
  • Sommeliers or wine stewards may require courses and experience in wine selection
  • Smart Serve certification is required for employees that serve, deliver, or handle alcohol in Ontario

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Ability to work shifts including evenings, weekends, and holidays is an asset

Here are some key facts about Food and beverage servers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 49,400 people work in this occupation.
  • Food and beverage servers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 86%
    • Arts, entertainment and recreation (NAICS 71): 6%
    • Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 39% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 61% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 42% of food and beverage servers work all year, while 57% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 28 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of food and beverage servers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 23% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 77% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 15% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 45% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 20% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 15% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.


0 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
Very limited
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
Very good

Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
Date modified: