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14 million employees and growing
10 percent of the U.S. workforce
Extensive career training for workers, students and military veterans
Nearly one in 10 American workers is employed in the restaurant industry, millions of them on track for success in the industry thanks to widespread training and career growth opportunities.
Restaurant-industry employment is now 14 million employees strong, and expected to increase 8 percent to 15.7 million by 2025. One in three adults in America got their first job experience in a restaurant. And while total U.S. employment grew only 1.9 percent in 2014, restaurant industry employment grew 3.5 percent, making 2014 as the 15th consecutive year that the restaurant industry has outperformed overall U.S. employment growth.
A career ladder for millions of employees of all ethnicities and backgrounds, the restaurant industry offers exceptional opportunities for professional development. Restaurant operators themselves provide extensive employee training. Approximately four in 10 restaurant operators plan to devote more of their resources in 2015 to training, ranging from 31 percent of family-dining operators to 39 percent of casual-dining operators.
National Restaurant Association career development programs are producing the next wave of restaurant industry professionals. ProStart prepares high school students for careers in the field, and offers annual ProStart scholarships -- $14 million to date. Our Military Foundation provides training and industry support to military hospitality programs, and promotes industry career opportunities and small business ownership opportunities to military veterans and spouses.