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Food Preparation Workers

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.   (O'Net 35-2021.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Assistant Cook, Baker, Baker Helper, Bakery Helper, Cafeteria Aide, Cafeteria Worker   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.63   $ 9.93   $ 11.01   $ 12.11   $ 14.38   $ 11.50  
    Yearly $20,020   $20,660   $22,910   $25,190   $29,920   $23,930  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.64   $ 10.06   $ 11.14   $ 12.27   $ 14.66   $ 11.76  
    Yearly $20,060   $20,930   $23,170   $25,520   $30,500   $24,470  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.74   $ 10.33   $ 11.36   $ 12.79   $ 14.66   $ 11.76  
    Yearly $20,270   $21,490   $23,630   $26,600   $30,480   $24,450  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.61   $ 9.65   $ 10.29   $ 11.44   $ 12.17   $ 10.74  
    Yearly $19,980   $20,080   $21,390   $23,800   $25,320   $22,340  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 2,141 2,201 0.3% 66
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Food services and drinking places 56.1%
    Food and beverage stores 17.2%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.3%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 4.8%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 2.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
     
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
     
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
     
  • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas such as refrigerators and freezers.
     
  • Wash, peel, and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prepare for cooking or serving.
     
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service, or store them in refrigerated storage cabinets.
     
  • Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
     
  • Weigh or measure ingredients.
     
  • Mix ingredients for green salads, molded fruit salads, vegetable salads, and pasta salads.
     
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - 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.
     
  • Conventional - 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
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  • Experience: Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers  updated June 2010
     


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    Related Occupations
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  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
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  • Cooks, Fast Food
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  • Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
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  • Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
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  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
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  • Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
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  • Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
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  • Slaughterers and Meat Packers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Food Preparation Workers 
     

     
     
     
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