Food Preparation Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.2% (slower than the average)


What Food Preparation Workers 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.

Other Job Titles Food Preparation Workers May Have

Deli Clerk (Delicatessen Clerk), Diet Aide, Dietary Aide, Food Service Worker

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

InNOut Associate ,

In N Out

A great day at work looks like happy people enjoying eating good food.

Team Member ,

Taco Bell / Colomex

Depending on the day, sometimes my site can be calm or can be going crazy. But I will put my bag down put my apron on and wash my hands while looking at the daily assignment set for me. IF its an easy day I can take my time getting settled, and into a grove and make sure everything is ready for me for the night. IF the store is going nuts, I am rushed to get where I am needed, and will often move and shift around the store doing everything I can to just get us caught up, and settled down.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
  • Portion and wrap 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.

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