3. Restaurant and Beverage
Cook median salary: $24,370
Supervisors of cooks and servers median salary: $36,340
Server median salary: $24,490
Forget a 9-to-5 workday in the restaurant and beverage scene. You can bet you’ll work nights and weekends and will be picking up others’ shifts, whether you’re a manager, cook or server.
It’s hard to plan or even create any type of social life when your schedule is seldom the same. Say goodbye to your old life filled with people who work normal hours. Instead, you’ll find your free time meshes better with those working in the business.
According to the Department of Labor, restaurant managers often work more than 40 hours per week, as well as on short notice, including evenings, weekends and holidays. While night and weekend schedules can be ideal for those looking to supplement income with a side job, it’s not what most people want as their main source of income.
For a position with better balance, consider becoming a manager of institutional foodservice facilities in schools, factories or office buildings, as they typically work traditional hours.