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Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.   (O'Net 35-9021.00)

Reported job titles:   Breakdown Person, Bus Person Dishwasher, Dietary Aide, Dish Machine Operator (DMO), Dish Room Worker, Dish Stacker, Dish Technician, Dish Washer, Dishwasher, Dishwashing Machine Operator, Glass Washer, Kitchen Cleaner, Kitchen Helper, Kitchen Steward, Pan Cleaner, Pan Washer, Pot Washer, Scullion, Silver Cleaner, Silver Wrapper, Silverware Cleaner, Stewarding Supervisor, Tray Line Worker, Tray Room Worker, Utility Aide
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.01   $ 10.29   $ 11.24   $ 12.25   $ 13.88   $ 11.50  
    Yearly $20,810   $21,410   $23,390   $25,470   $28,860   $23,910  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.00   $ 10.09   $ 11.05   $ 12.07   $ 13.73   $ 11.35  
    Yearly $20,810   $20,990   $22,990   $25,110   $28,560   $23,600  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.07   $ 10.63   $ 11.56   $ 12.49   $ 14.05   $ 11.72  
    Yearly $20,950   $22,110   $24,050   $25,970   $29,220   $24,380  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.01   $ 10.13   $ 11.09   $ 12.09   $ 13.77   $ 11.41  
    Yearly $20,810   $21,060   $23,070   $25,150   $28,630   $23,730  
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    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 1,437 1,443 0.0% 222
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Food services and drinking places 81.1%
    Accommodation 5.9%
    Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries 3.0%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 2.9%
    Administrative and support services 1.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand.
  • Place clean dishes, utensils, or cooking equipment in storage areas.
  • Maintain kitchen work areas, equipment, or utensils in clean and orderly condition.
  • Stock supplies, such as food or utensils, in serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators, or salad bars.
  • Sweep or scrub floors.
  • Clean garbage cans with water or steam.
  • Sort and remove trash, placing it in designated pickup areas.
  • Clean or prepare various foods for cooking or serving.
  • Set up banquet tables.
  • Transfer supplies or equipment between storage and work areas, by hand or using hand trucks.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dishwashers  updated December 2006

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dishwashers  updated December 2006

    Work Activities
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  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dishwashers  updated December 2006

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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: Dishwashers  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • 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.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dishwashers  updated December 2006

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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
  • Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dishwashers  updated December 2006

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  • Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dishwashers 

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