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Working As a Diet Aide

  • 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

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Diet Aide 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 Diet Aide

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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Diet Aide Career Paths

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General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cook Executive Chef General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Cook Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Substitute Teacher Consultant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Coordinator Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Technician Shift Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Baker Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Driver Foreman
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Nurse Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Diet Clerk Clinical Dietitian Food Service Supervisor
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Diet Clerk Nutritionist Food Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Diet Clerk Dietitian Food Service Supervisor
Assistant Food Service Director
5 Yearsyrs
Nutritionist Service Supervisor Patient Services Manager
Nutrition Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Cab Driver Lead Cook
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Diet Aide

  1. Meal Trays
  2. Kitchen Areas
  3. Special Diets
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in team setting to deliver meal trays and nourishment's to patient care units
  • Cleaned/maintained kitchen areas, equipment and cooking utensils.
  • Prepare food and trays with special diets.
  • Prepare meals to order in kitchen, food preparation, set-up, delivery and clean up.
  • Maintained knowledge of current menu items, garnished ingredients and preparation methods.

Diet Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

60.7%

Male

21.3%

Unknown

18.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

11.1%

Arabic

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Portuguese

3.2%

Vietnamese

1.6%

German

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Russian

1.6%
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Diet Aide Education

Schools

Framingham State University

10.5%

Bastyr University

7.5%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Montgomery County Community College

6.8%

Ohio State University

6.0%

Quinsigamond Community College

6.0%

Northern Essex Community College

5.3%

Anne Arundel Community College

5.3%

North Shore Community College

4.5%

Western Technical College

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Everest Institute

3.8%

The Academy

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

William Rainey Harper College

3.8%

California State University - Northridge

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

3.8%

Towson University

3.8%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.0%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.0%
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Majors

Business

10.9%

Food And Nutrition

10.8%

Dietetics

10.6%

Medical Assisting Services

9.0%

Nursing

8.5%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

Psychology

5.0%

General Studies

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Culinary Arts

4.0%

Biology

3.6%

Accounting

3.1%

Nutrition Science

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.3%

Public Health

2.1%

Nursing Assistants

2.1%

Computer Science

1.9%

Food Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Bachelors

29.8%

Associate

15.6%

Certificate

6.9%

Masters

6.5%

Diploma

4.3%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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