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Cooks, Fast Food

Also called: Cook, Crew Member, Grill Cook, Pizza Cook

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What they do:
Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity.


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


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation


You might use software like this on the job:

Point of sale POS software
  • Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro
  • Foodman Home-Delivery
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


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

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