Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 35-2015 Cooks, Short Order
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. Exclude "Fast Food Cooks" (35-2011).
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Tasks: Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes. Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables. 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. Restock kitchen supplies, rotate food, and stamp the time and date on food in coolers. Perform food preparation tasks, such as making sandwiches, carving meats, making soups or salads, baking breads or desserts, and brewing coffee or tea. Plan work on orders so that items served together are finished at the same time. Complete orders from steam tables, placing food on plates and serving customers at tables or counters. Perform general cleaning activities in kitchen and dining areas.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.78   Entry $18,260.00
Mean $10.71   Mean $22,271.00
Experience $11.67 Experience $24,282.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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35-2015.00 Cooks, Short Order