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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

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 Dietary Worker

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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Dietary Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

60.0%

Male

38.7%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Asian

5.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.8%

Portuguese

9.1%

Croatian

9.1%

Dietary Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

Butler County Community College

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

University of Toledo

6.3%

Essex County College

6.3%

Eastern Kentucky University

6.3%

Saint Louis Community College

4.2%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.2%

Northwest Missouri State University

4.2%

Illinois State University

4.2%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

4.2%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

4.2%

University of North Dakota

4.2%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.2%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

4.2%

Autry Technology Center

4.2%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.2%

Onondaga Community College

4.2%

Saint Louis University-

4.2%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.2%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Health Care Administration

9.5%

Criminal Justice

8.8%

Psychology

6.6%

Culinary Arts

6.6%

Medical Assisting Services

6.6%

Nursing

5.8%

General Studies

4.4%

Accounting

4.4%

Dietetics

3.6%

Biology

2.9%

Human Services

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Pharmacy

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Communication

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

43.1%

Bachelors

26.5%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

8.5%

Masters

2.4%

License

0.9%

Diploma

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Dietary Worker

FoodTraysKitchenAreaCustomerServiceMenuItemsFoodSafetyGuidelinesFoodPreparationEquipmentTrayLinePatientMealsFoodServiceEquipmentMealTraysPatientTraysStorageAreasFoodOrdersFoodCartsSpecialDietRequirementsResponsibilitiesiMealServiceDietaryRestrictionsHospitalStaffPatientRooms

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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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