Cooks, Fast Food

What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Cook, Deep Fat Fryer Operator, Fast Food Cook, Fry Cook, Fryer, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pizza Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Cooks, Fast Food in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Cooks, Fast Food is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2016 to 2026

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -2.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #26 in job growth rate
  • 1,800

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.9%)
  • Associate's degree (5.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (18.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (40.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (29.4%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.


People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Cook foods.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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