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Working As A Deli/Bakery Clerk

  • 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

  • $17,222

    Average Salary

What Does A Deli/Bakery Clerk 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/Bakery Clerk

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 2.8 years
Kitchen Clerk 2.3 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.1 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.0 years
Deli Service Clerk 1.8 years
Deli Assistant 1.8 years
Seafood Clerk 1.8 years
Bakery Worker 1.7 years
Deli Clerk 1.6 years
Deli Cook 1.6 years
Bakery Clerk 1.6 years
Bakery Assistant 1.6 years
Bakery Associate 1.5 years
Deli Attendant 1.4 years
Deli Worker 1.3 years
Deli Associate 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 26.9%
Deli Clerk 5.2%
Server 3.9%
Waitress 3.5%
Volunteer 3.1%
Hostess 2.7%
Clerk 2.5%
Cook 2.5%
Internship 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 18.4%
Deli Clerk 6.8%
Server 5.9%
Teller 3.7%
Associate 3.0%
Baker 2.9%
Internship 2.7%
Cook 2.7%
Manager 2.7%

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Deli/Bakery Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

78.0%

Male

20.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

81.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

5.1%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.5%

French

12.5%

German

7.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Deli/Bakery Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Columbus State Community College

7.1%

East Tennessee State University

6.1%

Greenville Technical College

6.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.1%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.1%

Kirkwood Community College

5.1%

Modesto Junior College

5.1%

Fresno City College

4.1%

Trident Technical College

4.1%

Tri-County Technical College

4.1%

Glendale Community College

4.1%

Hocking College

4.1%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.1%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.1%

Morehead State University

4.1%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.1%

Tidewater Community College

4.1%

Tulsa Community College

3.1%

Tyler Junior College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

17.5%

Criminal Justice

8.3%

Nursing

7.2%

Psychology

6.8%

Medical Assisting Services

6.2%

Culinary Arts

6.0%

General Studies

5.8%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Biology

3.6%

Cosmetology

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Nursing Assistants

3.2%

English

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Management

2.8%

History

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

43.8%

Bachelors

23.0%

Associate

20.2%

Certificate

6.9%

Masters

3.1%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Deli/Bakery Clerk

CustomerServiceSkillsCakeOrdersBakeryItemsDeliMeatsFoodPreparationAreasPackageCustomerOrdersFoodStorageAreasDeliProductsFoodSafetyRegulationsFoodItemsHotFoodsSpecialOrdersSalesFloorFoodProductsBakeryDepartmentPartyTraysFryWashDeliItems

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  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Cake Orders
  3. Bakery Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enhanced customer service skills by helping customer's with their complaints, questions or general concerns.
  • Decorated 40 different cakes for case and also custom cake orders.
  • Baked and processed bakery items and used meat and cheese slicer along with scales.
  • Sliced deli meats and cheese in the deli.
  • Cleaned food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.

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