USA Career Guide- Food Preparation Workers

Education needed to be Food Preparation Workers

To enter as food preparation workers short-term on-the-job training is the most common way. No formal education or previous work experience is required. Many start as kitchen helpers and progress into food preparation positions as they learn basic knife skills.

Pay of Food Preparation Workers

The median hourly wage of food preparation workers was $9.18 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.65 per hour, and the top 10 percent earned more than $13.68 per hour.

Job Prospects of Food Preparation Workers

Employment of food preparation workers is expected to grow 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
A growing number of fast-food restaurants and school and hospital cafeterias will increase the employment prospects of food preparation workers.
Job opportunities for food preparation workers are expected to be, particularly at large or upscale restaurants.  Those with related work experience should have the best job opportunities. However, individuals seeking full-time positions at these kinds of restaurants may face stiff competition, as the number of job applicants usually is greater than the number of job openings.

Industrial Overview of Food Preparation Workers

Food preparation workers held about 813,700 jobs in 2010.

 Industry wise Employment of Food Preparation Workers (2010)
Full-service restaurants    25%
Limited-service eating places    2%
Grocery stores    14%
Nursing and residential care facilities    7%
Elementary and secondary schools; local    7%
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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