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How to become a Server

Most server jobs do not require specific qualifications, although a high school diploma is usually required. The work can be physically demanding, so it's important to be fit and able to stay on your feet for entire shifts. Servers also need to have good memories for customer orders and be able to multi-task when it comes to serving several customers at a time. Servers need to have excellent customer service skills and many restaurants have targets for their servers to achieve, so sales skills are also an asset.

What skills help Servers find jobs?

  • Serving Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Bartender Experience
  • Hospitality Experience
  • Guest Relations Experience
  • Basic Math
  • Food Service
  • Customer Service
  • Culinary Experience
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Food Handling
  • Organizational Skills

Career progression for Server

Education levels for Servers

0%1%2%97%Master's DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Server job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience20k21k22k24k25kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Server in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Servers

  • Food Handler Certification
  • Bartender License
  • TIPS
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • ServSafe
  • TABC Certified
  • MAST Permit
  • Driver's License
  • Loss Prevention Qualified
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Food Safety Certification
  • CPR Certification
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Server

What other qualities do you need to be a Server?

Servers will spend most of their shifts on their feet, walking around and carrying orders which can be heavy, so it is important to be physically fit. Servers will also be the first point of contact for customers who want to make a complaint, so they need to be diplomatic and calm under pressure.

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