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Become A Food Service Aide

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Working As A Food Service 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 Food Service 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 Food Service 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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Food Service Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

69.1%

Male

28.1%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

German

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.3%

Ukrainian

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Malay

3.3%

French

3.3%

Greek

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Food Service Aide Education

Schools

Hinds Community College

13.9%

Murray State University

12.9%

Eastern Washington University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

5.9%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.0%

Jackson State University

5.0%

Northern Michigan University

4.0%

Kirkwood Community College

4.0%

Essex County College

4.0%

Jamestown Community College

4.0%

Montclair State University

4.0%

Moraine Valley Community College

3.0%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.0%

Madison Area Technical College

3.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.0%

Southwestern Oregon Community College

3.0%

Kent State University

3.0%

Santa Fe College

3.0%

Ashford University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

15.4%

General Studies

8.4%

Nursing

8.1%

Health Care Administration

8.1%

Medical Assisting Services

7.7%

Criminal Justice

7.0%

Psychology

5.1%

Culinary Arts

4.8%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Food And Nutrition

3.7%

Education

3.7%

Early Childhood Education

3.3%

Nursing Assistants

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

English

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Nutrition Science

2.2%

Social Work

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Biology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.4%

Bachelors

27.9%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

7.0%

Masters

3.8%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Food Service Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Service Aide Sun Han Corporation Boston, MA Aug 11, 2016 $20,800
Food Service Aide Sun Han Corporation Boston, MA Oct 08, 2016 $20,800
Food Service Aide Jung Enterprises Inc. MA May 12, 2016 $20,197
Food Service Aide Jung Enterprises Inc. MA Nov 04, 2016 $20,197
Food Service Aide Jung Enterprises Inc. MA Apr 22, 2016 $20,197
Food Service Aide Bonchon Allston, LLC. MA May 16, 2016 $20,197
Food Service Aide Jung Enterprises Inc. MA Jul 14, 2016 $20,197
Food Service Aide Hope Color, Inc. Arlington, MA Sep 08, 2015 $18,637
Food Service Aide Hope Color, Inc. Arlington, MA Sep 09, 2015 $18,637
Food Service Aide Kim & Jung Corp. Brookline, MA Jul 02, 2015 $18,637

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Top Skills for A Food Service Aide

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  1. Food Safety
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Meal Trays
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  • Assisted with food safety documentation.
  • Cleaned the kitchen equipment and appliances and help responsibility of getting them repaired in case of any problem.
  • Prepare client meal trays and deliver * Clean hospital kitchen and cafeteria * Serve customers in hospital cafeteria * Run cash register
  • Assist in preparation of quality meal service for patients, staff, and visitors in a clean and sanitary environment.
  • Communicate with customer service and facilitate resolution towards any patient issues or concerns.

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