Also known as Cafeteria Cook, Chef, Cook, Dietary Cook, Dinner Cook, Food Service Specialist, Food Service Worker, Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook), School Cook, Sous Chef
Also known as Cafeteria Cook, Chef, Cook
Food Service Workers prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
Food Service Workers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Food Service Workers. More generally, Food Service Workers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Food Service Worker is $28,650, and the average salary is $29,940. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Food Service Worker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Food Service Workers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Food Service Workers earn less than $19,860 per year, 25% earn less than $23,320, 75% earn less than $35,020, and 90% earn less than $41,580.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Food Service Workers is expected to change by 6.8%, and there should be roughly 61,600 open positions for Food Service Workers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Food Service Worker are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Food Service Workers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Food Service Workers typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Food Service Worker tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Food Service Workers strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Food Service Workers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Food Service Workers moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Food Service Workers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Food Service Workers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Food Service Worker usually requires a high school diploma.
Food Service Workers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Food Service Workers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as food production, customer and personal service, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Food Service Workers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Food Service Workers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Food Service Workers need abilities such as oral expression, near vision, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Food Service Workers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Food Service Workers frequently use skills like speaking, monitoring, and service orientation to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Food Service Workers, ranked by their relative importance.
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