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Cooks, Fast Food
SOC Code: 35-2011.00

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, Crew Member, Crew Person, Crew Trainer, Fry Cook, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pizza Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Point of sale POS software - Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro; Foodman Home-Delivery; Plexis Software Plexis POS; RestaurantPlus PRO
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Cappuccino or espresso machines - Cappuccino makers
  • Carbonated beverage dispenser - Carbonated beverage dispensers
  • Cash registers
  • Commercial use blenders - Restaurant blenders
  • Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers - Commercial coffeemakers
  • Commercial use convection ovens - Convection ovens
  • Commercial use cutlery - Chefs' knives
  • Commercial use deep fryers - Deep fat fryers
  • Commercial use food processors - Restaurant food processors
  • Commercial use food slicers - Slicing machines
  • Commercial use griddles - Griddles
  • Commercial use grills - Grills
  • Commercial use heat lamps - Food warmers
  • Commercial use hot dog grills - Hot dog cookers
  • Commercial use mixers - Mixers
  • Commercial use pizza ovens - Pizza ovens
  • Commercial use ranges - Electric ovens; Gas ovens
  • Commercial use scales - Food scales
  • Domestic wooden oven paddle - Bakers' peels
  • Ice dispensers - Ice-making machines
  • Intercom systems
  • Milkshake machines - Milkshake and smoothie machines
  • Non carbonated beverage dispenser - Juice dispensers
  • Point of sale POS terminal - Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Soft serve machines - Soft-serve ice cream machines
  • Touch screen monitors

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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • 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.
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing - 88% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Contact With Others - 91% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 59% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 43% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 54% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 36% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 37% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Telephone - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 28% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 38% responded “Important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 35% responded “Important.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 37% responded “Never.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 34% responded “Never.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 43% responded “Important results.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 27% responded “Moderate responsibility.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
87%Less than high school diploma
10%High school diploma or equivalent
2%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

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.
  • 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.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $10.12 hourly, $21,040 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 518,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 67,200

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