Cooks, Fast Food

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit86.06%
  2. State and local government6.60%
  3. Private, not for profit3.61%
  4. Self-employed2.55%
  5. Federal government0.88%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Restaurants and Other Eating Places
  • Gasoline Stations
  • Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only)

Job Outlook

Overall employment of cooks is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Individual growth rates will vary by specialty. Population and income growth are expected to result in greater consumer demand for food at a variety of dining places. People will continue to eat out, buy takeout meals, or have food delivered. In response to increased consumer demand, more restaurants, cafeterias, and catering services will open and serve more meals. These establishments will require more cooks to prepare meals for customers. In addition, consumers continue to prefer healthier foods and faster service in restaurants, grocery stores, and other dining venues. To prepare high quality meals at these places, many managers and chefs will require experienced cooks, such as restaurant cooks. Employment of fast food cooks is projected to decline slightly as many establishments attempt to streamline operations by hiring other workers, such as food preparation and serving workers, who can prepare and also serve food to customers.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$21,330

State-by-state Salary

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$26,420
$17,870
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Less than high school 87%
  • High school 9%
  • Some college 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Food Production
  • Production and Processing
  • English Language
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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