Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

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About the Job

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

It is also Called

  • Boarding House Cook
  • Cafeteria Cook
  • Cafeteria Manager
  • Cafeteria Supervisor
  • Camp Cook
  • Cook
  • Cook at School
  • Cook, Cashier, Food Prep (Cafeteria Worker)
  • Cook (Dinner)
  • Cook (Elementary School)
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What They Do

  • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
  • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  • Monitor use of government food commodities to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.
  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, or other cooking equipment.
  • Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
  • Take inventory of supplies and equipment.
  • Bake breads, rolls, or other pastries.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $26,210 with most people making between $18,980 and $35,920

Outlook

0.84%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 17,760 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 19,250 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 149 openings due to growth and about 471 replacement openings for approximately 620 total annual openings.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Bronze certificate

Skill Level
Observation3
Applied Mathematics3
Locating Information3
Reading for Information3