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Working As A Nutrition 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

  • $17,222

    Average Salary

What Does A Nutrition 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 Nutrition 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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Nutrition Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

74.6%

Male

23.4%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

79.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Somali

3.8%

French

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Nutrition Aide Education

Schools

Minnesota State University - Mankato

9.2%

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Pennsylvania State University

6.9%

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

5.7%

University of Central Arkansas

5.7%

College of Southern Maryland

5.7%

Ohio State University

5.7%

Everest Institute

4.6%

Western Illinois University

4.6%

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

4.6%

West Virginia University

4.6%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.6%

University of Chicago

4.6%

Hutchinson Community College

3.4%

Macomb Community College

3.4%

Tennessee Technological University

3.4%

Southeastern Community College

3.4%

Metropolitan State University

3.4%

Central Virginia Community College

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

12.5%

Nursing

9.0%

Dietetics

7.9%

Psychology

7.9%

Medical Assisting Services

6.7%

Health Care Administration

6.1%

Food And Nutrition

5.2%

General Studies

5.2%

Liberal Arts

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Communication

4.4%

Nutrition Science

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Culinary Arts

2.9%

Pharmacy

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Early Childhood Education

2.6%

Human Development

2.6%

Public Health

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

38.4%

Bachelors

30.3%

Associate

15.0%

Masters

6.2%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Nutrition Aide

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Top Nutrition Aide Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Tray Line
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained the cleanliness of the kitchen and kitchen equipment by performing the weekly and daily cleaning according to schedule.
  • Job 21 entitles me to work on tray line providing hot foods to patient trays.
  • Job completion to the standards of my department and great customer service skills.
  • Ensured that all state and federal nutritional guidelines were followed.Assisted with daily kitchen cleanup duties.Maintained food preparation areas.
  • Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.

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