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Food Preparation Workers

Also called: Dietary Aide, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Food Service Worker, Diet Aide

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: CWO - Food Service; Food Service Specialist

What they do:
Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
On the job, you would:
  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • CBORD NetRecipe
  • Culinary Software Services ChefTec

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$19,440
per year, on average
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