Food Preparation Workers

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Cafeteria Aide, Deli Clerk (Delicatessen Clerk), Diet Aide, Dietary Aide, Dietary Assistant, Expeditor, Food Preparation Worker, Food Preparer, Food Service Aide, Food Service Worker, Kitchen Assistant, Kitchen Helper, Kitchen Worker, Nutrition Aide, Pantry Cook, Salad Maker, Sandwich Artist, Sandwich Maker, Slicer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Food Preparation Workers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Food Preparation Workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #38 in job growth rate
  • 3,790

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (1.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.1%)
  • Associate's degree (5.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (19.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (42.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (24%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
  • Clean tableware.
  • Operate cash registers.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Store supplies or goods in kitchens or storage areas.
  • Arrange food for serving.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 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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