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Become A Dietary Worker

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Working As A Dietary Worker

  • 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 Dietary Worker Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Promotes Exceptional Patient Care by following all procedures related to patient room service and is willing to go out of their way to make sure the patient experience is a quality one.
* Promotes Exceptional Safety by following established procedures while cleaning and sanitizing work areas and equipment and following established HACCP procedures for proper food storage, labeling and food handling including knife handling and sanitation.
* Promotes Exceptional Employee Commitment by working in harmony with fellow employees, showing respect and courtesy at all times and willing to set aside personal differences so that the department can run without distraction or disruption.
* Promotes Exceptional Financial Performance by monitoring food served at their station in the café, kitchen or Room Service line and that correct portion sizes are served; maintains a well-organized work station and follows all guidelines in recording left overs and waste logs
* SSM Health will implement a new minimum wage of $11 per hour throughout its four-state system which will take effect in January 2017.
* This job is one impacted by this increase.
* Learn morehere

What Does A Dietary Worker Do At Ascension Health

* Handles portions and serves food in accordance with menu and dietary restrictions.
* Adheres to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines in the sanitation and maintenance of work area.
* May plan, organize and serve food for large groups.
* Covers, labels and dates all food products to be stored.
* Operates equipment and ensures that a food is ready at designated time.
* Sets up salad bar and cafeteria for breakfast.
* Assists in tray line and in cafeteria as server when needed.
* Ensures accountability for all cash sales in the cafeteria.
* Prepares food for special functions as assigned.
* Accepts product deliveries when necessary.
* Stocks cafeteria line prior to service and maintains supplies.
* Replenishes cleaning supplies and disposes of trash as needed.
* Maintains steam tables at the proper temperatures and food in acceptable quantities during the meal shift.
* Reports food shortages and patron complaints.
* The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.
* It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements

What Does A Dietary Worker Do At Aramark

* Responsible for patient customer service functions of answering phones, taking menu orders, answering questions or if unable to answer, appropriately directing calls from patients as it relates to their meal or other nutritional needs.
* Utilize room service software to ensure orders are accurate and appropriate to each patient’s diet order and processed appropriately.
* Maintains close communication with other members of the Room Service team and hospital staff to ensure that all patients receive appropriate foods in a timely manner.
* Persons in this position maintain a high level of contact with the patient and family and are expected to exemplify Service

What Does A Dietary Worker Do At Northwell Health

* Prepares cafeteria for service of meals.
* Sets up assigned station for patient meal service.
* Works grill and pizza station and cleans equipment, as needed.
* Sets up and maintains fully stocked grill area and sandwich bar.
* Maintains fully stocked self-serve areas (i.e. fountain soda, ice, milk, paper towels, soap, etc.).
* Serves on tray assembly line, reads patient selections from menu, and serves items on trays.
* Passes and collects all trays to patients.
* Distributes trays to patients by reading name and room number, identifying patient by name and date of birth.
* Delivers nourishments to patient floors.
* Reads and complete floor stock/ nourishment record form for each unit.
* Deliver trucks to units for Dietary Aides or floor staff to deliver.
* Retrieves and returns food carts to kitchen.
* Cleans assigned areas following established cleaning schedules.
* Cleans and maintains kitchen and dining area including, but not limited to, counter and tables.
* Regularly checks conditions of service ware.
* Removes waste from plates and service ware.
* Stacks washable items for dishwasher.
* Operates dishwashers in accordance with established procedures.
* Records temperatures of pre-wash, wash, and final rinse of dishwasher for each Meal.
* Reports any information not meeting established guidelines to management.
* Washes pots and other serving equipment in accordance with established three-compartment sink procedures.
* Follows proper procedures in sanitation of kitchen equipment including floors, storage areas and floor mats.
* Cleans and sanitizes steam kettles, mixers, choppers and other stationary kitchen equipment.
* Cleans and sanitizes assigned areas including, but not limited to, dishwasher, prep areas, walls, floors, dish racks, walk-in / reach-in refrigerators and cooking equipment.
* Maintains clean caf� environment including tables, chairs, microwave and garbage disposal.
* Maintains safe and sanitary environment by mopping spills, sweeping floors and using appropriate safety signage.
* Utilizes chemicals in accordance with MSDS policy and procedure.
* Notifies management of any chemicals not properly labeled.
* Checks pH concentration of chemical sanitizer using test strip method and makes appropriate adjustment, as needed.
* Removes trash and cardboard to ensure a safe and sanitary kitchen/caf�.
* Follows established procedure for waste disposal.
* Sanitizes trash receptacles and dumpsters.
* Delivers clean service ware to designated areas.
* Breaks down grill, sandwich and steam table areas after meal service and stores items properly.
* Labels and dates wrapped items intended for future use.
* Rotates and checks expiration dates of food items according to FIFO guidelines

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How To Become A Dietary Worker

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


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


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 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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Dietary Worker Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Croatian


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Top Skills for A Dietary Worker


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Top Dietary Worker Skills

  1. Food Trays
  2. Kitchen Area
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up and maintenance food carts to be pushed and pulled around to deliver food trays.
  • Assisted with the general cleaning and set up of facility's kitchen area for oncoming shift.
  • Provide excellent customer service.Breakdown carts and organize work station.
  • Assisted in serving hospital staff and patients menu items.
  • Prepared food for daily service needs Followed all food safety guidelines and regulations at all times

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