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Working As A Food Service Assistant

  • 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

  • $24,129

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service Assistant 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 Assistant

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 Assistant Career Paths

Food Service Assistant
Food Service Worker Home Health Aid Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Night Auditor Front Desk Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Recruiter Career Counselor
Career Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Expert Chef
Chef Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Shipping And Receiving Clerk Prep Cook
Chef/Kitchen Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Handyman Chef
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Custodian Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Advisor Guest Services Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Food Service Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Technician Food Service Worker
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer School Bus Driver Food Service Worker
Food Service Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Barista Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager Director, Inside Sales
Lead Generator
5 Yearsyrs
Prep Cook Kitchen Manager Dietary Manager
Nutrition Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Case Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Food Service Worker Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Barista Specialist Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Food Service Manager Operations Manager Sales Consultant
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Custodian Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Food Service Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

64.4%

Male

33.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.7%

Chinese

6.8%

Mandarin

4.7%

French

4.7%

Cantonese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Russian

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Turkish

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Khmer

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%
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Food Service Assistant Education

Schools

Michigan State University

12.1%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

7.5%

Kaplan University

6.5%

Liberty University

5.6%

Appalachian State University

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Oregon

4.2%

Wake Technical Community College

3.7%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.7%

Johnson & Wales University

3.7%

Johnson County Community College

3.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.7%

Texas Tech University

3.3%

Northern Illinois University

3.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.3%

Western Illinois University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

20.0%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Psychology

6.4%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Culinary Arts

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.9%

Accounting

5.9%

Nursing

5.1%

General Studies

4.4%

Communication

4.1%

Liberal Arts

4.1%

Hospitality Management

3.7%

Food And Nutrition

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Dietetics

2.6%

Social Work

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Biology

2.2%

Human Services

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.3%

Other

33.8%

Associate

15.1%

Certificate

6.5%

Masters

6.5%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Food Service Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Service Assistant Quick CHEK Corporation Totowa, NJ Feb 28, 2008 $29,427
Food Preparation Assistant Gs Meat, Inc. Buena Park, CA Nov 23, 2016 $20,800
Food & Beverage Assistant II The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $20,119
Food & Beverage Assistant II The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2016 $20,077
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2014 $20,077
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2016 $20,056
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $19,973
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2013 $19,827

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Top Skills for A Food Service Assistant

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  1. Food Safety
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised service line to ensure proper food environment by performing daily and periodic cleaning for food safety and sanitation requirements.
  • Operated kitchen equipment according to safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Provided hundreds of YMCA members with excellent customer service, while interacting professionally and enthusiastically with them every day.
  • Performed sanitation duties including the cleaning of all food service equipment and work area.
  • Deliver patient meal trays to their rooms.

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