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Food Preparation Workers

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Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

    Work Activities
    • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
    • Operate cash register, handle money, and give correct change.
    • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
    • Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
    • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas, such as refrigerators and freezers.
    • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
    • Keep records of the quantities of food used.
    • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service, or store them in refrigerated storage cabinets.
    • Package take-out foods or serve food to customers.
    • Stock cupboards and refrigerators, and tend salad bars and buffet meals.
    • Wash, peel, and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prepare for cooking or serving.
    • Carry food supplies, equipment, and utensils to and from storage and work areas.
    • Vacuum dining area and sweep and mop kitchen floor.
    • Distribute food to waiters and waitresses to serve to customers.
    • Cut, slice or grind meat, poultry, and seafood to prepare for cooking.
    • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.
    • Weigh or measure ingredients.
    • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
    • Inform supervisors when equipment is not working properly and when food and supplies are getting low, and order needed items.
    • Assemble meal trays with foods in accordance with patients' diets.
    • Assist cooks and kitchen staff with various tasks as needed, and provide cooks with needed items.
    • Add cutlery, napkins, food, and other items to trays on assembly lines in hospitals, cafeterias, airline kitchens, and similar establishments.
    • Use manual or electric appliances to clean, peel, slice, and trim foods.
    • Distribute menus to hospital patients, collect diet sheets, and deliver food trays and snacks to nursing units or directly to patients.
    • Scrape leftovers from dishes into garbage containers.
    • Stir and strain soups and sauces.
    • Load dishes, glasses, and tableware into dishwashing machines.
    • Butcher and clean fowl, fish, poultry, and shellfish to prepare for cooking or serving.
    • Prepare and serve a variety of beverages such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
    • Make special dressings and sauces as condiments for sandwiches.
    • Mix ingredients for green salads, molded fruit salads, vegetable salads, and pasta salads.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

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

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • 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.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $22,480/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $10.81/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 25,550
    • Yearly Projected Openings 4,350
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Social Orientation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Commercial use scales
    • Commercial use ovens
    • Commercial use mixers
    • Commercial use food slicers
    • Commercial use food choppers or cubers or dicers
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    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.