|Quick Facts: Food Preparation Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$19,300 per year
$9.28 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, 2012||807,800|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||4% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||28,900|
Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks.
Food preparation workers are employed in restaurants, hotels, and other places where food is served, such as cafeterias, grocery stores, hospitals, and schools. They often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, or holidays. Nearly half worked part time in 2012.
Food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.
The median hourly wage for food preparation workers was $9.28 in May 2012.
Employment of food preparation workers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be very good because of the need to replace workers who leave the occupation every year.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of food preparation workers with similar occupations.
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