Jobs seem to be out there in restaurant industry

May 30, 2011 2:01:02 PM PDT
So you're looking for a job, or maybe someone you know is.

What if we told you there's work out there served right up on a silver platter.

Pressure and perfection in the kitchen, a far cry from what culinary student Emily Trexler was doing before at her office job.

"I was sitting in a cubicle miserable. I never saw the sun. I just couldn't sit still long enough to continue that way," she said.

But a career change in this weak job market is risky so Trexler tried to find odds in her favor.

"I looked on and some other websites to see what jobs are out there, but I worked in the restaurant business in the front of the house so I knew that there was always jobs available," adds Trexler.

So she signed up for L'academie De Cuisine, one of the top culinary schools in the country based in Maryland.

The food industry, is hiring according to bureau of labor statistics.

Food service jobs are one of the fastest growing segments in the job market, with more than 63,000 jobs added since the beginning of the year.

From being top chef, to waiting tables, the wages range, the average hourly rate in the food industry is $11.72 an hour.

But passion could pay off.

It did for Amy Miller who is working at a popular high end DC restaurant.

"Wow. I've really done it. Here I am, I love my job. In this economy it's a good thing to get paid and get paid for doing what you love," said Miller.

And in this demanding ever-changing job sector, here's one promise you can feast on.