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Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Order and take delivery of supplies.
    • Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
    • Operate large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
    • Prepare specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, or tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
    • Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking.
    • Prepare and serve beverages, such as coffee or fountain drinks.
    • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.
    • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
    • Serve orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables.
    • Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases.
    • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
    • Cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers or fried chicken, which are prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
    • Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers.
    • Prepare dough, following recipe.
    • Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity.
    • Pre-cook items, such as bacon, to prepare them for later use.
    • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.
    • Mix ingredients, such as pancake or waffle batters.
    • Schedule activities and equipment use with managers, using information about daily menus to help coordinate cooking times.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).


    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 22400/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 10.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 16,640
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,960

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Social Orientation
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance


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    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Electronic mail software


    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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