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35-2015.00 - Cooks, Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

Sample of reported job titles: Caterer, Cook, Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook), Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Short Order Cook, Snack Bar Cook

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take orders from customers and cook foods requiring short preparation times, according to customer requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grill and garnish hamburgers or other meats, such as steaks and chops. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Restock kitchen supplies, rotate food, and stamp the time and date on food in coolers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform food preparation tasks, such as making sandwiches, carving meats, making soups or salads, baking breads or desserts, and brewing coffee or tea. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan work on orders so that items served together are finished at the same time. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete orders from steam tables, placing food on plates and serving customers at tables or counters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform general cleaning activities in kitchen and dining areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Accept payments, and make change or write charge slips as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order supplies and stock them on shelves. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bar code reader equipment — Hand scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cappuccino or espresso machines — Cappuccino makers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carbonated beverage dispenser — Carbonated beverage dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash registers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use blenders — Blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use broilers — Broilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers — Commercial coffeemakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use convection ovens — Convection ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use cutlery — Boning knives; Chefs' knives; Paring knives; Serrated blade knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use deep fryers — Deep fat fryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use dishwashers — Commercial dishwashers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food processors — Food processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food slicers — Meat slicers; Slicing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food warmers — Steam tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use graters — Fruit zesters; Graters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use grills — Grills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use hot dog grills — Hot dog cookers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use measuring cups — Dry or liquid measuring cups See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use microwave ovens — Commercial microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use mixers — Mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use peelers — Vegetable peelers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use pizza ovens — Pizza ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use ranges — Electric ovens; Electric stoves; Gas ovens; Gas stoves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use rolling pins — Rolling pins See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use scales — Portion scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use steamers — Steam kettles; Steamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use toasters — Toasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use waffle irons — Waffle makers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic apple corer — Apple corers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic double boilers — Double boilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers — Instant-read pocket thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic kitchen tongs — Kitchen tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic knife sharpeners — Knife sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic melon or butter baller — Melon ballers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic sifter — Sifters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic strainers or colanders — Colanders; Strainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic vegetable brush — Vegetable brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic wooden oven paddle — Bakers' peels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ice dispensers — Ice-making machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milkshake machines — Milkshake and smoothie machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non carbonated beverage dispenser — Juice dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS terminal — Point of sale POS computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soft serve machines — Soft-serve ice cream machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro; Foodman Home-Delivery; Plexis Software Plexis POS; RestaurantPlus PRO See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Process customer bills or payments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cook foods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Arrange food for serving. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare breads or doughs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Take customer orders. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store supplies or goods in kitchens or storage areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain food, beverage, or equipment inventories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Serve food or beverages. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate timing of food production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing — 99% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 88% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 84% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 65% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 63% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 62% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 11% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 37% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 22% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 24% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 34% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 24% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 24% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 13% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 35% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 30% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 26% responded “Not at all competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 37% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 28% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
46   High school diploma or equivalent Help
34   Less than high school diploma
9   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.71 hourly, $20,190 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 166,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 33,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Cooks external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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