There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a lunch cook. For example, did you know that they make an average of $13.42 an hour? That's $27,916 a year!
Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 11% and produce 282,000 job opportunities across the U.S.
There are certain skills that many lunch cooks have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed dexterity, physical stamina and sense of taste and smell.
When it comes to the most important skills required to be a lunch cook, we found that a lot of resumes listed 19.3% of lunch cooks included kitchen equipment, while 15.4% of resumes included dishes, and 12.8% of resumes included menu items. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.
When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the lunch cook job title. But what industry to start with? Most lunch cooks actually find jobs in the hospitality and health care industries.
If you're interested in becoming a lunch cook, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 17.9% of lunch cooks have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.0% of lunch cooks have master's degrees. Even though some lunch cooks have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.
Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a lunch cook. When we researched the most common majors for a lunch cook, we found that they most commonly earn associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on lunch cook resumes include bachelor's degree degrees or diploma degrees.
You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a lunch cook. In fact, many lunch cook jobs require experience in a role such as cook. Meanwhile, many lunch cooks also have previous career experience in roles such as line cook or prep cook.
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In addition to switching up your job search, it might prove helpful to look at a career path for your specific job. Now, what's a career path you ask? Well, it's practically a map that shows how you might advance from one job title to another. Our career paths are especially detailed with salary changes. So, for example, if you started out with the role of cook you might progress to a role such as sous chef eventually. Later on in your career, you could end up with the title general manager.
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The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 19.3% of lunch cooks listed kitchen equipment on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and physical stamina are important as well.