Fast food cooks work in fast food restaurants preparing, cooking, and packaging food items from a limited menu.
Certain personal attributes are important for fast food cooks to possess. These include the ability to work quickly and efficiently, a well-developed sense of taste and smell, good personal hygiene, and a willingness to work with a team. Familiarity with a foreign language may also prove useful in communicating with other workers.
In 2002, fast food cooks earned a median hourly wage of $6.90. Earnings ranged from the lowest 10 percent, who earned less than $5.68 per hour, and the highest 10 percent, who earned more than $9.13 per hour. The highest median hourly earnings were found in special food services, and the lowest were found in limited-service eating places.
Training and Education
Most fast food cook positions require little, if any, training or education. Entry-level positions do not require a high-school diploma; however, a diploma could be beneficial for those interested in a career as a cook. Most fast food cooks are trained on the job. Training ranges from basic sanitation and safety, to food handling and cooking techniques.
Out of the nearly 3 million culinary jobs in 2002, about 227,000 people were employed as fast food cooks.
Between 2002 and 2012, the number of fast food cooks is expected to increase at a slower rate than the average. Because of the limited duties of fast food cooks, more workers are expected to become combined serving and food preparation workers.
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