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Become A Nutrition Assistant

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Working As A Nutrition 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

  • $20,180

    Average Salary

What Does A Nutrition Assistant Do

A Nutrition Assistant makes sure that patients in a healthcare unit are fed according to their dietary needs. They assist in kitchen prep and cooking food.

How To Become A Nutrition Assistant

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.


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 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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Top Nutrition Assistant Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Food Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and operated kitchen equipment.
  • Showed outstanding customer service skills while cultivating relationships with clients.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Talk with all patients regarding their meal choices based upon their allergies and diet orders and restrictions.
  • Cook and prep food, clean and sanitize the kitchen area, serve and help the kids with their food

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