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Two streams of literature portray waiting tables as either transitional or dead-end. The flexibility of serving jobs enables students to combine work and school, yet the lack of mobility opportunities means most movement is lateral, from one service occupation to another. Using matched CPS data, this paper employs logistic regression to analyze movement out of serving and into another service occupation, an unrelated occupation, or unemployment. While gender is related to lateral mobility, it fails to predict movement into unrelated occupations or unemployment. Education, conversely, has little influence on lateral mobility, but influences movement into unrelated occupations or unemployment.