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Become A Nutritional Services Aide

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Working As A Nutritional Services 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 Nutritional Services 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 Nutritional Services 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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Nutritional Services Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

76.2%

Male

22.8%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Hmong

16.7%

Arabic

16.7%

Nutritional Services Aide Education

Schools

Minnesota State University - Mankato

10.6%

Onondaga Community College

9.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

7.6%

Saint Paul's College

6.1%

Santa Rosa Junior College

6.1%

University of Central Arkansas

6.1%

Pima Community College

4.5%

College of Southern Maryland

4.5%

Central Virginia Community College

4.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.5%

Metropolitan State University

4.5%

Niagara County Community College

4.5%

North Hennepin Community College

4.5%

Yavapai College

3.0%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.0%

Butler County Community College

3.0%

Edison State Community College

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

17.5%

Nursing

9.1%

Dietetics

9.1%

Management

6.3%

Food And Nutrition

6.3%

Psychology

5.6%

Culinary Arts

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Liberal Arts

4.2%

General Studies

3.5%

Nursing Assistants

3.5%

Cosmetology

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Nutrition Science

2.8%

Public Relations

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.1%

Health Education

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

32.3%

Associate

18.7%

Masters

7.7%

Certificate

6.0%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Nutritional Services Aide

KitchenEquipmentCustomerServiceSkillsFoodPreparationPatientFoodTraysPatientTrayLineFoodSafetyGuidelinesPatientMealTraysFoodItemsNutritionalServicesFoodServiceServesDietRestrictionsDietOrdersPatientRoomsMealOrdersCommunicationSkillsFoodCartsPhoneCallsCleanKitchenHaccp

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Top Nutritional Services Aide Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Food Preparation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated a cash register for staff and guests to purchase meals maintaining an exemplary strong use of customer service skills.
  • Assist with food preparations, serving portions, and properly log quantities served and leftovers.
  • Cashier , dishroom, tray passer , cold food prep for patients, and worked patient tray line
  • Assisted in the assembling of patient meal trays.
  • Recorded amounts and types of special food items served to customers.

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