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Cooks, Institution & Cafeteria

Also called: Cafeteria Cook, Chef, Cook, School Cook

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What they do:
Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor and record food temperatures to ensure food safety.
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
  • Rotate and store food supplies.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

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
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software Hot Technology
  • Meals Plus
Point of sale POS software
  • PCS Revenue Control Systems FASTRAK School Meal Software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$26,860
$18,840
$39,880
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