Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Perform duties which combine both food preparation and food service.
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: Serve customers in eating places that specialize in fast service and inexpensive carry-out food. Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary. Request and record customer orders, and compute bills using cash registers, multi counting machines, or pencil and paper. Clean and organize eating, service, and kitchen areas. Notify kitchen personnel of shortages or special orders. Communicate with customers regarding orders, comments, and complaints. Prepare daily food items, and cook simple foods and beverages, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, or coffee, using proper safety precautions and sanitary measures. Select food items from serving or storage areas and place them in dishes, on serving trays, or in take-out bags. Relay food orders to cooks. Prepare and serve cold drinks, or frozen milk drinks or desserts, using drink-dispensing, milkshake, or frozen custard machines. Collect and return dirty dishes to the kitchen for washing. Perform personnel activities such as supervising and training employees. Monitor and order supplies or food items and restock as necessary to maintain inventory. Cook or reheat food items such as french fries. Wash dishes, glassware, and silverware after meals.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.62   Entry $17,929.00
Mean $9.16   Mean $19,048.00
Experience $9.43 Experience $19,608.00

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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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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35-3021.00 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food