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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

  • $17,222

    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

49.8%

Female

48.9%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

76.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.1%

French

10.4%

Arabic

3.0%

Chinese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

German

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Amharic

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Korean

1.5%
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Food Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Ferris State University

6.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.3%

Lansing Community College

4.7%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.7%

Portland State University

4.7%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.7%

Sinclair Community College

4.7%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.7%

University of New Mexico

4.7%

Appalachian State University

3.9%

Wake Technical Community College

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Eastern Washington University

3.9%

San Francisco State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Diablo Valley College

3.9%

Mt. Hood Community College

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%
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Majors

Business

20.2%

Criminal Justice

8.1%

Psychology

7.7%

General Studies

6.3%

Health Care Administration

5.9%

Nursing

5.7%

Accounting

5.3%

English

4.6%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Culinary Arts

3.8%

Biology

3.8%

Computer Science

3.6%

Education

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Political Science

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Sociology

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

37.9%

Bachelors

33.3%

Associate

15.5%

Certificate

6.3%

Masters

4.2%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Food Clerk

CustomerServiceSkillsStockShelvesMerchandiseSafeFoodDeliMeatsDairyDepartmentBakeryFoodPreparationHotFoodItemsSalesFloorSafewayCustomerOrdersFrontEndFreshFoodsFoodOrdersProductKnowledgeFrozenFoodInventoryControlNightCrewCompanyPolicy

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Top Food Clerk Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Stock Shelves
  3. Merchandise
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills.
  • Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with merchandise and arrange merchandise displays to attract customers.
  • Maintain company and health standards and utilize creative skills to assemble merchandise displays.
  • Ensured the highest level of customer service while consistently practicing safe food handling procedures.
  • Provided excellent customer service to shoppers via the deli meats/cheese department, sub bar and the artisan breads kiosk.

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