How to become a Waiter

Waiters serve food and drinks to guests in hotels, restaurants, clubs and similar establishments.

Personal requirements of a Waiter

  • Neat personal appearance
  • A high level of personal hygiene
  • Good communication skills
  • Good memory
  • Polite and patient
  • Friendly and efficient
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to handle money
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job

Education & Training for a Waiter

You can work as a waiter without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a waiter through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.6%

NSW 33%

NT 0.6%

QLD 18.9%

SA 6.9%

TAS 2.4%

VIC 27.1%

WA 9.5%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 22.7%

Female 77.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 5.3%

Not completed Year 12: 19.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 41.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 9.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 83.9%

Above 35 years: 16.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
To serve, sell or offer liquor, you must have a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. RSA courses are widely offered by TAFE institutes and Registered Training Organisations.
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