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Cooks, Short Order
SOC Code: 35-2015.00

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

Sample of reported job titles: Caterer, Cook, Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook), Food and Beverage Attendant, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Short Order Cook, Snack Bar Cook


  • Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.
  • Perform food preparation tasks, such as making sandwiches, carving meats, making soups or salads, baking breads or desserts, and brewing coffee or tea.
  • Perform general cleaning activities in kitchen and dining areas.
  • Restock kitchen supplies, rotate food, and stamp the time and date on food in coolers.
  • Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes.
  • Plan work on orders so that items served together are finished at the same time.
  • Take orders from customers and cook foods requiring short preparation times, according to customer requirements.
  • Grill and garnish hamburgers or other meats, such as steaks and chops.
  • Complete orders from steam tables, placing food on plates and serving customers at tables or counters.
  • Order supplies and stock them on shelves.
  • Accept payments, and make change or write charge slips as necessary.

Technology Skills

  • Inventory management software - Inventory control software
  • Point of sale POS software - Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro; Foodman Home-Delivery; Plexis Software Plexis POS; RestaurantPlus PRO

Tools Used

  • Bar code reader equipment - Hand scanners
  • Cappuccino or espresso machines - Cappuccino makers
  • Carbonated beverage dispenser - Carbonated beverage dispensers
  • Cash registers
  • Commercial use blenders - Blenders
  • Commercial use broilers - Broilers
  • Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers - Commercial coffeemakers
  • Commercial use convection ovens - Convection ovens
  • Commercial use cutlery - Boning knives; Chefs' knives; Paring knives; Serrated blade knives
  • Commercial use deep fryers - Deep fat fryers
  • Commercial use dishwashers - Commercial dishwashers
  • Commercial use food processors - Food processors
  • Commercial use food slicers - Meat slicers; Slicing machines
  • Commercial use food warmers - Steam tables
  • Commercial use graters - Fruit zesters; Graters
  • Commercial use grills - Grills
  • Commercial use hot dog grills - Hot dog cookers
  • Commercial use measuring cups - Dry or liquid measuring cups
  • Commercial use microwave ovens - Commercial microwave ovens
  • Commercial use mixers - Mixers
  • Commercial use peelers - Vegetable peelers
  • Commercial use pizza ovens - Pizza ovens
  • Commercial use ranges - Electric ovens; Electric stoves; Gas ovens; Gas stoves
  • Commercial use rolling pins - Rolling pins
  • Commercial use scales - Portion scales
  • Commercial use steamers - Steam kettles; Steamers
  • Commercial use toasters - Toasters
  • Commercial use waffle irons - Waffle makers
  • Desktop computers
  • Domestic apple corer - Apple corers
  • Domestic double boilers - Double boilers
  • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers - Instant-read pocket thermometers
  • Domestic kitchen tongs - Kitchen tongs
  • Domestic knife sharpeners - Knife sharpeners
  • Domestic melon or butter baller - Melon ballers
  • Domestic sifter - Sifters
  • Domestic strainers or colanders - Colanders; Strainers
  • Domestic vegetable brush - Vegetable brushes
  • Domestic wooden oven paddle - Bakers' peels
  • Ice dispensers - Ice-making machines
  • Milkshake machines - Milkshake and smoothie machines
  • Non carbonated beverage dispenser - Juice dispensers
  • Personal computers
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Point of sale POS terminal - Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Soft serve machines - Soft-serve ice cream machines
  • Touch screen monitors


  • 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.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.


  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • 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.


  • 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 - 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Contact With Others - 79% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 61% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 60% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 68% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 45% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Telephone - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 43% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 37% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 46% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 34% responded “Very important results.”
  • Physical Proximity - 39% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 49% responded “Important.”
  • Time Pressure - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 33% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 46% responded “Every day.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%High school diploma or equivalent
34%Less than high school diploma
11%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

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

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $10.93 hourly, $22,740 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 186,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 24,700

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