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35-2011.00 - Cooks, Fast Food

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Cook, Deep Fat Fryer Operator, Fast Food Cook, Fry Cook, Fryer, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pizza Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook)

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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

  • Order and take delivery of supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, or tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and serve beverages, such as coffee or fountain drinks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Serve orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers or fried chicken, which are prepared to order or kept warm until sold. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare dough, following recipe. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pre-cook items, such as bacon, to prepare them for later use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix ingredients, such as pancake or waffle batters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule activities and equipment use with managers, using information about daily menus to help coordinate cooking times. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology 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.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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 — Restaurant blenders 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 — Chefs' knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use deep fryers — Deep fat fryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food processors — Restaurant food processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food slicers — Slicing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use griddles — Griddles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use grills — Grills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use heat lamps — Food warmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use hot dog grills — Hot dog cookers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use mixers — Mixers 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; Gas ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use scales — Food scales 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.
  • Intercom systems 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.
  • 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.

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Knowledge

  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. See more occupations related to this 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.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 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.

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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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). 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.
  • 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

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cook foods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment. 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.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare breads or doughs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process customer bills or payments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Take customer orders. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Check quality of foods or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix ingredients. 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

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 94% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 79% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 54% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 42% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 78% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 63% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Public Speaking — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 54% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 49% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 49% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 45% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 28% responded “A lot of freedom.” 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 food preparation workers, dishwashers, sewing machine operators, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
58   High school diploma or equivalent Help
42   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2018) $10.74 hourly, $22,330 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2018) 491,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 63,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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