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Working As A Deli Service 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

  • $36,511

    Average Salary

What Does A Deli Service 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 Service 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
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.1 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.1 years
Deli Service Clerk 2.0 years
Deli Assistant 1.8 years
Seafood Clerk 1.8 years
Deli Clerk 1.6 years
Deli Attendant 1.4 years
Deli Worker 1.3 years
Deli Associate 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Deli Service Clerk
Cashier 25.1%
Deli Clerk 4.4%
Volunteer 3.3%
Server 3.3%
Teller 3.1%
Manager 3.1%
Internship 2.4%
Hostess 2.3%
Cook 2.3%
Clerk 2.3%
Top Careers After Deli Service Clerk
Cashier 17.9%
Teller 4.9%
Deli Clerk 4.9%
Server 4.3%
Volunteer 2.8%
Internship 2.8%
Cook 2.6%

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Deli Service Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

57.9%

Male

40.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

23.4%

Black or African American

8.8%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.6%

Japanese

4.9%

Swedish

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Bosnian

2.4%

French

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Thai

2.4%
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Deli Service Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.6%

Fullerton College

6.1%

Imperial Valley College

6.1%

Central New Mexico Community College

6.1%

College of Southern Nevada

6.1%

Glendale Community College

4.9%

Boise State University

4.9%

California State University - Northridge

4.9%

Pasadena City College

4.9%

Bakersfield College

4.9%

California State University - Fullerton

3.7%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Universal Technical Institute

3.7%

Minnesota School of Business

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

Sierra College

3.7%

California State University - Fresno

3.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

16.3%

General Studies

8.7%

Criminal Justice

8.1%

Medical Assisting Services

7.5%

Computer Science

6.3%

Psychology

6.0%

Liberal Arts

5.7%

Accounting

5.1%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Culinary Arts

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Kinesiology

3.0%

English

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Management

2.7%

Nursing

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

41.9%

Bachelors

26.5%

Associate

18.4%

Certificate

6.7%

Masters

2.9%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Deli Service Clerk

  1. Deli
  2. Customer Service
  3. Food Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Service Deli Helping customers with questions and serving food, preparing various food items, cleaning and organizing.
  • Provided high level leadership and excellent customer service to increase profitability.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Cleaned and disinfected meat slicers, serving utensils and glass and surfaces of the display coolers.
  • Worked the front corner , fry cook and prep food for strays.

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