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Working As A Food 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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food 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 Food 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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Food Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

45.4%

Female

42.3%

Unknown

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

18.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

French

7.7%

German

4.6%

Japanese

3.1%

Chinese

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Tagalog

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%

Samoan

0.8%

Amharic

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Korean

0.8%
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Food Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.3%

University of the District of Columbia

6.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.3%

Chemeketa Community College

5.0%

Ferris State University

4.7%

Macomb Community College

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

Baker College

4.3%

Prince George's Community College

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.0%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.0%

Grand Valley State University

4.0%

Washington State University

4.0%

Clark College

3.7%

University of Oregon

3.7%

Western Michigan University

3.7%

American River College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

19.5%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Psychology

7.6%

General Studies

7.0%

Medical Assisting Services

6.6%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

Accounting

5.1%

Nursing

4.9%

Culinary Arts

4.1%

English

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Biology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.5%

Communication

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.1%

Sociology

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Political Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

37.5%

Bachelors

32.1%

Associate

17.1%

Certificate

7.0%

Masters

3.2%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Food Clerk

  1. Customer Service
  2. Food Safety
  3. Stock Shelves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided excellent customer service through direct sales of food/drinks and efficient resolution of customer concerns.
  • Provided exceptional customer service to all customers and followed all proper standards for product freshness, food safety, and sanitation.
  • Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with merchandise and arrange merchandise displays to attract customers.
  • Managed kitchen operation regarding food preparation, presentation delivery, and cleanliness.
  • Assist customers with special requests and answer questions about our meat products and services.

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