Job prospects Food And Beverage Server in Ontario

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

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be good for Food and beverage servers (NOC 65200) in Ontario for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • 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?

  • 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 46,800 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%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 38% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 62% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 16% of food and beverage servers work all year, while 84% 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 25 weeks compared to 43 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of food and beverage servers are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 25% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 75% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 13% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 47% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 18% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 16% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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