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Become A Cafeteria Worker

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Working As A Cafeteria Worker

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $19,580

    Average Salary

What Does A Cafeteria Worker Do At Lancaster General Health

* Prepares miscellaneous food and beverage items in the prescribed manner and stores them properly.
* Portions food accurately and serves in an attractive manner.
* SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:** **The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:
* Maintains adequate supply of self-serve items properly displayed.
* Records items and volumes provided and returned from, catered events.
* Cashiers when functioning in the absence of a Cafeteria Worker II.
* Makes sure that cafeteria and dining room equipment are orderly, clean, and sanitary

What Does A Cafeteria Worker Do At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

* Cleans kitchen equipment, utensils, and kitchen serving, dining and storage areas following departmental procedures.
* Properly stores food and follows food safety guidelines.
* Assembles ingredients and prepares food as assigned.
* Follows and applies chemical handling process and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) procedure.
* Maintains and properly operates kitchen equipment.
* Serves meals to staff and clients acting in accordance with proper portion controls and special diet requirements

What Does A Cafeteria Worker Do At Northwell Health

* Takes orders from customers and cooks food requiring short preparation time.
* Completes order from steam table and serves customer at counter.
* Utilizes approved food recipes and production standards to ensure proper quality, serving temperatures and standard portion control.
* Follows standardized menus and recipes to prepare specialty items.
* Gather all necessary ingredients to prepare specials in advance.
* Operates slicer machine to slice cold cuts and other meat items by utilizing proper safety techniques.
* Serves customers in an efficient and friendly manner.
* Carries pans, kettles, and trays of food to and from work stations, stove, and refrigerator.
* Properly stores foods in designated areas following wrapping, dating, and rotation procedures.
* Cleans and sanitizes work areas, equipment and utensils.
* Complies with all sanitation and safety requirements.
* Interacts with co-workers to ensure compliance with company service standards, inventory and cash control procedures.
* Participates in waste control Quality Assurance activities, as assigned by management.
* Qualifications
* High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
* Coursework in food preparation and quantity cooking, required.
* Certificate in food protection, required.
* Minimum of two (2) years restaurant or grill cooking experience, required.
* Good customer service skills, required

What Does A Cafeteria Worker Do At Sodexo Inc.

Reads recipes and/or product directions

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How To Become A Cafeteria Worker

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Cafeteria Worker Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • German

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • Greek

  • Cherokee

  • Yoruba

  • Japanese

  • Gujarati

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Polish

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Top Skills for A Cafeteria Worker


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Top Cafeteria Worker Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Food Prep Areas
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Help prepare food in a large kitchen and assist cleaning in kitchen equipment and serving areas.
  • Cleaned and sanitized all food prep areas to support safe food handling habits and provide protection from food borne illnesses.
  • Provided excellent customer service by consistently anticipating and meeting of guests.
  • Prepared and served nutritious meals to students.
  • Cook food or prepare food items for student's snacks and lunches using standard formulas and following directions.

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Day in the Life of a Cafeteria Worker