|Quick Facts: Food Preparation Workers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$19,100 per year
$9.18 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||813,700|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||10% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||84,100|
Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the guidance of cooks or food supervisors. They prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and do many other tasks.
Food preparation workers are employed in restaurants, hotels, and other places where food is served, such as grocery stores, schools, hospitals, and cafeterias. They often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, or holidays. The majority work part time.
Short-term on-the-job training is the most common way to learn the skills necessary for food preparation workers. No formal education or previous work experience is required.
The median hourly wage of food preparation workers was $9.18 in May 2010.
Employment of food preparation workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be good because of the need to replace the large number of workers who leave the occupation each year.
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