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Become A Diet Aide

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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

  • $22,361

    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

Diet Aide
Nutritionist Adjunct Professor Co-Owner
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Homemaker Cafeteria Worker
Cafeteria Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant General Manager Kitchen Manager
Chef Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cook Sous Chef
Chef/Kitchen Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner/Manager Executive Chef
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Dietitian Adjunct Faculty Co-Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Housekeeper Supervisor Assistant General Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Cook Chef Executive Chef
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Restaurant Manager Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Breakfast Attendant Food Service Worker
Food Service Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Dietitian Clinical Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nutritionist Clinical Nutritionist Clinical Dietitian
Nutrition Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Diet Technician Registered Dietitian Clinical Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Diet Technician Dietitian Clinical Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Dietitian Clinical Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Dietitian Adjunct Professor Information Technology Project Manager
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Diet Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

72.4%

Male

24.7%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.3%

French

8.6%

Italian

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Diet Aide Education

Schools

Anne Arundel Community College

9.5%

Ohio State University

6.8%

William Rainey Harper College

6.8%

Bastyr University

5.4%

Towson University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Ashford University

5.4%

Montgomery County Community College

5.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.4%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

Central New Mexico Community College

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.1%

Sinclair Community College

4.1%

Oregon State University

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

Framingham State University

4.1%

Dutchess Community College

4.1%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

4.1%

University of New Hampshire

4.1%
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Majors

Business

12.3%

Dietetics

11.9%

Food And Nutrition

10.8%

Psychology

6.3%

Nursing

5.9%

Medical Assisting Services

5.2%

Health Care Administration

5.2%

General Studies

4.8%

Culinary Arts

4.5%

Management

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Biology

3.3%

Public Health

3.0%

Nutrition Science

3.0%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Medical Technician

2.6%

Food Science

2.2%

Human Development

2.2%

Early Childhood Education

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

34.5%

Bachelors

32.0%

Associate

14.9%

Masters

7.9%

Certificate

7.4%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Diet Aide

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  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Patient Meals
  3. Special Diets
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instructed new staff in proper preparation, food storage, use of kitchen equipment and utencils, sanitation and safety issues.
  • Prepped fruits, ingredients and salads that would be used in patient meals and cafeteria.
  • Worked with patients with special diets and also prepared meals and helped with baking of some foods.
  • Perform a variety of services in the dining room including setting and busing tables, doing dishes, restocking pantries.
  • Worked in team setting to deliver meal trays and nourishment's to patient care units

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