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Working As A Pantry Worker

  • 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

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pantry Worker 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 Pantry Worker

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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Average Length of Employment
Pantry Worker 2.0 years
Kitchen Worker 1.8 years
Bakery Worker 1.8 years
Kitchen Assistant 1.7 years
Deli Worker 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Pantry Worker
Cashier 20.9%
Server 8.4%
Volunteer 7.0%
Baker 4.2%
Cook 3.7%
Waitress 3.7%
Internship 3.7%
Line Cook 3.3%
Tutor 2.8%
Cleaner 2.8%
Top Careers After Pantry Worker
Cashier 14.3%
Cook 7.3%
Prep Cook 6.1%
Volunteer 5.3%
Internship 5.3%
Server 4.5%
Line Cook 4.1%
Hostess 3.7%
Driver 3.3%
Custodian 2.9%
Janitor 2.9%

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Top Skills for A Pantry Worker

  1. Food Preparation
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Pantry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared food for salads, desserts, and appetizers, cleaned dishes and food preparation areas.
  • Supply all outlets within the casino with cut product using different types of kitchen equipment for different cuts and by hand.
  • Cleaned pantry daily to maintain organization and safety.
  • Provided customer service to community.
  • Process and package food orders.

Pantry Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

49.6%

Male

35.4%

Unknown

15.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Pantry Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Grand Rapids Community College

6.8%

College of the Ozarks

6.8%

The Academy

6.8%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.5%

College of DuPage

4.5%

Fresno City College

4.5%

Albertus Magnus College

4.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.5%

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

4.5%

Brigham Young University - Hawaii

4.5%

Delgado Community College

4.5%

Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants

4.5%

University of Utah

4.5%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.5%

Snow College

4.5%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.5%

Syracuse University

2.3%

Baker College of Muskegon

2.3%

Felician College

2.3%
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Majors

Business

15.8%

Culinary Arts

15.1%

General Studies

5.9%

Nursing

5.9%

Psychology

5.3%

Management

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Health Care Administration

4.6%

Hospitality Management

4.6%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Education

3.3%

Human Services

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Food And Nutrition

2.6%

Biology

2.6%

Elementary Education

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Cosmetology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

36.5%

Bachelors

28.5%

Associate

19.7%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

3.2%

Diploma

3.2%

License

1.2%
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