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Become A Salad Maker

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Working As A Salad Maker

  • 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

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Salad Maker 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 Salad Maker

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
Salad Chef 1.3 years
Mexican Food Maker 1.2 years
Dough Maker 1.2 years
Coffee Maker 1.1 years
Salad Maker 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Salad Maker
Cashier 26.0%
Server 8.1%
Prep Cook 4.8%
Cook 4.8%
Hostess 4.3%
Waitress 3.9%
Barista 3.1%
Internship 3.1%
Line Cook 2.3%
Top Careers After Salad Maker
Cashier 16.9%
Cook 8.7%
Server 8.7%
Prep Cook 6.1%
Hostess 4.6%
Line Cook 3.8%
Waitress 3.4%
Internship 3.0%
Barista 2.7%

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Salad Maker Demographics

Gender

Female

54.3%

Male

32.6%

Unknown

13.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.6%

Russian

8.7%

Korean

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%
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Salad Maker Education

Schools

Kaplan University

13.8%

Everest Institute

8.6%

Johnson & Wales University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

The Academy

6.9%

Louisiana Tech University

5.2%

Tidewater Community College

5.2%

Burlington County College

5.2%

Santa Monica College

3.4%

Pima Community College

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Central State University

3.4%

Columbia College Chicago

3.4%

Bucks County Community College

3.4%

Hinds Community College

3.4%

Evans Community Adult School

3.4%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

3.4%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

12.6%

Business

11.8%

General Studies

8.9%

Criminal Justice

8.5%

Psychology

7.3%

Cosmetology

5.3%

Photography

4.9%

Nursing

4.1%

Liberal Arts

4.1%

Computer Science

3.7%

Communication

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Education

2.8%

Biology

2.8%

English

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

History

2.8%

Hospitality Management

2.8%

Precision Metal Working

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

41.8%

Bachelors

23.8%

Associate

19.5%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

4.0%

Masters

3.0%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Salad Maker

  1. Salad Dressings
  2. Meal Prep
  3. Sub Sandwiches
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make salads, make salad dressings, make coleslaw and dish it up for the fish special, and wash dishes
  • Operated all kitchen equipment adeptly.
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Maintained high standards of customer service during high-volume, fast-paced operations.
  • Organize and prepare for beginning of morning shift * Keep stockroom inventory organized and accessible * Take and prepare customer orders

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