Now Hiring: Restaurant Industry Projected To Add 525,000 Summer Jobs

One in 10 people currently work in foodservice, making it the nation’s second-largest private employer. (Photo courtesy of the National Restaurant Association)

According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual “Eating and Drinking Place Summer Employment Forecast,” restaurant operators will add 525,000 jobs for the summer season. This is the first time on record that demand has reached this level two summers in a row.

“Restaurant jobs are particularly valuable because employees can learn a host of skills in a short time that are investments for both their future business and everyday life,” National Restaurant Association President & CEO Michelle Korsmo said. “According to our survey, among adults who have worked in the industry, a majority (63 percent) think working in the industry is extremely or very beneficial for skill development. Additionally, 79 percent of adults agree working in the restaurant industry is valuable for professional development and that they still use those skills like teamwork, prioritization, communication, adaptability, and attention to detail.”

Often teenagers and young adults return to summer restaurant jobs to hone their skills and save a good amount of money in a short period of time. Juan Martinez, owner of Martinez Hospitality, runs five Don Juan Mex Grill restaurants in northeast Pennsylvania. Every summer he receives emails from college students who worked for him in high school, asking if they can come back to work for the summer. He says it’s a win for the students, and a win for his full-time staff.

“The biggest impact our summer employees have is giving our full-time employees time with their families,” Martinez explained. “It provides flexibility for them to take a vacation and spend time with their kids who are out of school. At the same time, it helps the college kids who are eager to make money over the summer and want to work as many hours as they can.”

“The restaurant industry is the nation’s training ground,” according to a press release. “Sixty-three percent of adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives. One in 10 people currently work in foodservice, making it the nation’s second-largest private employer.”

Read the full Summer Employment Forecast, which includes a state-by-state forecast of summer jobs, by visiting

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