Also known as Caterer, Cook, Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook), Food and Beverage Attendant, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Short Order Cook, Snack Bar Cook
Also known as Caterer, Cook, Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook)
Short Order Cooks prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time.
In addition, Short Order Cooks may take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.
Short Order Cooks are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Short Order Cooks. More generally, Short Order Cooks are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Short Order Cook is $26,570, and the average salary is $27,030. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Short Order Cook salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Short Order Cooks earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Short Order Cooks earn less than $18,550 per year, 25% earn less than $21,670, 75% earn less than $31,170, and 90% earn less than $37,210.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Short Order Cooks is expected to change by 9.6%, and there should be roughly 20,000 open positions for Short Order Cooks 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 Short Order Cook are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Short Order Cooks 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, Short Order Cooks 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 Short Order Cook tend to value Independence, Relationships, and Support.
Most importantly, Short Order Cooks moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Short Order Cooks somewhat 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.
Lastly, Short Order Cooks somewhat value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
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 Short Order Cooks must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, self-control, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Short Order Cooks, ranked by importance:
Working as a Short Order Cook usually requires a high school diploma.
Short Order Cooks need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Short Order Cooks may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, food production, or production and processing knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Short Order Cooks might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Short Order Cooks 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, Short Order Cooks need abilities such as near vision, oral comprehension, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Short Order Cooks, 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.
Short Order Cooks frequently use skills like active listening, reading comprehension, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Short Order Cooks, ranked by their relative importance.
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