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Working As A Deli Assistant

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Deli Assistant Do

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks. 

Duties

Food preparation workers typically do the following:

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Weigh or measure ingredients, such as meats and liquids
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking
  • Cut meats, poultry, and seafood and prepare them for cooking
  • Mix ingredients for salads
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Take and record the temperature of food and food storage areas
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Food preparation workers perform routine, repetitive tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. To help cooks and other kitchen staff, they prepare ingredients for dishes by slicing and dicing vegetables and by making salads and cold food items. Other common duties include keeping salad bars and buffet tables stocked and clean.

Food preparation workers retrieve pots and pans, clean and store kitchen equipment, and unload and store food supplies. When needed, they retrieve food and equipment for cooks and chefs. In some kitchens, food preparation workers use a variety of commercial kitchen equipment, such as commercial dishwashers, blenders, slicers, or grinders.

In restaurants, workers stock and use soda machines, coffeemakers, and espresso machines to prepare beverages for customers. In fast-food restaurants, food preparation workers may take customer orders and process payments.

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How To Become A Deli Assistant

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.

Education

There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.

Training

Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Average Length of Employment
Food Clerk 2.9 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.3 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.2 years
Deli Assistant 2.0 years
Deli Cook 1.7 years
Deli Slicer 1.7 years
Deli Clerk 1.7 years
Bakery Associate 1.6 years
Deli Attendant 1.5 years
Deli Worker 1.4 years
Deli Associate 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Deli Assistant
Cashier 24.2%
Assistant 6.8%
Internship 4.5%
Server 3.8%
Waitress 3.6%
Cook 2.9%
Manager 2.9%
Supervisor 2.6%
Volunteer 2.4%
Top Careers After Deli Assistant
Cashier 18.6%
Server 5.8%
Assistant 5.5%
Cook 4.9%
Manager 3.9%
Waitress 3.2%
Internship 3.0%
Supervisor 2.9%
Volunteer 2.7%

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Deli Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

54.3%

Male

36.4%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.4%

French

10.3%

German

5.2%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Romanian

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Irish

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Hmong

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%
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Deli Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

The Academy

7.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

7.2%

Tulsa Community College

5.2%

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

5.2%

Clark College

4.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

Kirkwood Community College

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

University of Maine at Farmington

4.1%

Montclair State University

4.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.1%

Jones International University

4.1%

Century College

4.1%

North Carolina Central University

4.1%

Western Michigan University

4.1%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

Rockland Community College

3.1%

Owens Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

23.2%

Criminal Justice

8.0%

Health Care Administration

7.3%

Accounting

5.6%

Psychology

5.4%

Culinary Arts

5.3%

Medical Assisting Services

4.9%

General Studies

4.5%

Communication

3.6%

Nursing

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

English

3.3%

Management

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Biology

2.7%

Elementary Education

2.7%

Hospitality Management

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

38.3%

Bachelors

32.6%

Associate

17.7%

Certificate

4.9%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

3.0%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Deli Assistant

  1. Customer Service
  2. Deli
  3. Food Safety
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  • Provided outstanding customer service & employee recognition programs.
  • Followed all relevant health department rules/regulations and all customer service guidelines.
  • Demonstrated food safety and sanitation.
  • Prepared Food Trays, Stocked Priced, Inventory, Operated Meat and Cheese Slicers
  • Followed proper safety procedures and standards.

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