Food Preparation Worker

About the job: In this job, anyone can work even without any related or past work experiences. Also, no formal education is needed for this work. Anyone who wants to work in this position just need a short-term on-the-job training that usually lasts for several weeks. According to experts, the median hourly wage for food preparation worker is $11.41 as of May 2018 and is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Where will you work: Food preparation workers can work at restaurants, cafeterias, fast food, food and beverage stores, establishments with special food services.

What will you do: Under the supervision of the cook, chefs, food service managers, food preparation workers may do any of the following responsibilities:

  • Prepare the ingredients and operate the needed equipment, and instruments for cooking
  • Cook, mix food and prepare drinks
  • Store food, cooking ingredients, and cooking equipment
  • Stock food supplies and unload supplies being delivered
  • Clean and sanitize the cooking equipment, the utensils, and the cooking and the eating place.

This job also requires prolonged standing up for the long period of time while cleaning and preparing the ingredients.

How to Become a Food Preparation Worker: No formal education is needed for this job; likewise, previous work experience is not a required, but is an edge. Because it does not need any related education or work experience, weeks of food service training is expected.

Job skills / requirements: Food preparation workers are required to pass the food service training/s provided by the company. Also, the person should be capable of carrying heavy objects such as food ingredients and food equipment.

Industry: Food service

Minimum age: The minimum age is 16, but for some places that serve beer or alcohol, the starting is 18 years old.

Expected wage: Since May 2018, the rate per hour of special food services is $11.95; for food and beverage stores, the same which is $11.59; for food preparation in line with healthcare and social assistance is $11.56; and for restaurants and other places where people eat is $11.08.

Similar name: Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers; Fast Food Crew; Restaurant Crew

Related jobs: Food preparation workers, combined food preparation, serving workers, counter attendants, food servers, cooks, fast food, and food batchmakers

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Most Hiring Food Preparation Worker

Companies that mostly hire Food Preparation Worker are:

Most Hiring Minors (Under 18) as a Food Preparation Worker

The minimum hiring age of a Food Preparation Worker is generally 14 years old, but the minimum age specified in job postings as a Food Preparation Worker is 16 years old, varied by locations.

  • Can 12-13 work as a Food Preparation Worker? No, minors under 14 may not work for an employer, except in family business. Learn more Child Labor
  • Can 14 year olds work as a Food Preparation Worker? There are no job postings with minimum age 14 found as a Food Preparation Worker
  • Can 15 year olds work as a Food Preparation Worker? There are no job postings that 15 year olds can apply found as a Food Preparation Worker
  • Can 16 year olds work as a Food Preparation Worker? Yes, there are companies that hire 16 year olds as a Food Preparation Worker

Companies that tend to hire minors as a Food Preparation Worker are:

Companies That Hire Teens as a Food Preparation Worker

The following is a list of 8 companies that have and may be actively posting job vacancies as a Food Preparation Worker to which teenagers can submit job applications.

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Food Preparation Worker Jobs for Teens

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SEA Concession Stand Attendant-1 (18+)

Calvert County Maryland - Calvert County, MD

Must be 16 years of age. Work Permit required if under 18 years of age. Operates all food preparation equipment and prepares the food.

2 hours ago

Food Server - Bacchanal - Steady Extra (Caesars Palace LV)

Caesars Entertainment - Las Vegas, NV

Must be 21 years of age or older. Obtain food and beverage orders from any of the hotel outlets as requested by the guest. Clock guest check out and in.

3 hours ago

SERVER PM, The Circular (18+)

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company - Hershey, PA

Must be 18 years of age or older. Minimum of 2 years of fine dining experience. Serve guest needs by providing exceptional knowledge of food and beverage menu…

4 hours ago

Cook IV

Health & Human Services Comm - Waco, TX

Waco Center for Youth applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Ensures correct handling, preparation, cooking and holding of food items.

2 hours ago

5B-644 Full Time Kitchen Steward

St Clair County Alabama - Saint Clair, AL

Must be high school graduate or equivalent Must be available to work as needed Must have a valid State of Alabama Drivers License Must be 21 years of age or…

3 hours ago