2401 N Lincoln Blvd - Oklahoma City  (405) 557-7100 / TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (405) 208-4022
Waiter and Waitress

Waiters and Waitress

Occupational Skills and Details


Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Skills - Tasks - Knowledge - Abilities - Work Activities - Work Context - Job Zone - Interest - Work Style - Work Values


More Most Opening

Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Instructing Teaching others how to do something.

Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Back to Top

  • Check patrons' identification in order to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Collect payments from customers.
  • Write patrons' food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff.
  • Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Serve food and/or beverages to patrons; prepare and serve specialty dishes at tables as required.
  • Prepare checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales taxes.
  • Remove dishes and glasses from tables or counters, and take them to kitchen for cleaning.
  • Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
  • Inform customers of daily specials.

Back to Top


Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Back to Top


Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.

Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Back to Top

Work Activities

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

Back to Top

Work Context

Contact With Others How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Spend Time Standing How much does this job require standing?

Face-to-Face Discussions How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Spend Time Walking and Running How much does this job require walking and running?

Work With Work Group or Team How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Physical Proximity To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

Deal With External Customers How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Telephone How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


Back to Top

Job Zone


Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

Overall Experience

No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

Job Zone Examples

These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include bus drivers, forest and conservation workers, general office clerks,home health aides, and waiters/waitresses.

SVP Range

(Below 4.0)


These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.

Back to Top


Social Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Enterprising Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Conventional Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Back to Top

Work Styles

Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Social Orientation Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Back to Top

Work Values

Relationships Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.


Back to Top

Home | LMI | Contact Us | Policies & Disclaimers
This site best viewed with the latest version of Internet Explorer or Netscape
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program