Cooks, Institution & Cafeteria

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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.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products


  • customer service
  • management

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


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



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


  • 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


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


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

  • Meals Plus

Point of sale POS software

  • PCS Revenue Control Systems FASTRAK School Meal Software


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

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