Cooks, Short Order
SOC: 35-2015.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
181,600 employed

Projected (2024):
172,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Barbecue Cook
  • Bed and Breakfast Cook (B&B Cook)
  • Breakfast Cook
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Chuck Wagon Cook
  • Cook
  • Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook)
  • Food Clerk
  • Griddle Attendant
  • Griddle Cook
  • Grill Associate
  • Grill Attendant
  • Grill Cook
  • Hash Slinger
  • Hasher
  • Line Cook
  • Pizza Cook
  • Pizza Maker
  • Prep Cook (Preparation Cook)
  • Restaurant Worker
  • Sandwich Artist
  • Short Order Cook
  • Short Order Fry Cook
  • Snack Bar Cook


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.
  • Plan work on orders so that items served together are finished at the same time.
  • Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes.
  • 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.
  • Complete orders from steam tables, placing food on plates and serving customers at tables or counters.
  • Order supplies and stock them on shelves.
  • Accept payments, and make change or write charge slips as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Perform general cleaning activities in kitchen and dining areas.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Apple corers
  • Bakers' peels
  • Blenders
  • Boning knives
  • Broilers
  • Cappuccino makers
  • Carbonated beverage dispensers
  • Cash registers
  • Chefs' knives
  • Colanders
  • Commercial coffeemakers
  • Commercial dishwashers
  • Commercial microwave ovens
  • Convection ovens
  • Deep fat fryers
  • Desktop computers
  • Double boilers
  • Dry or liquid measuring cups
  • Electric ovens
  • Electric stoves
  • Food processors
  • Fruit zesters
  • Gas ovens
  • Gas stoves
  • Graters
  • Grills
  • Hand scanners
  • Handheld calculators
  • Hot dog cookers
  • Ice-making machines
  • Instant-read pocket thermometers
  • Juice dispensers
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Meat slicers
  • Melon ballers
  • Milkshake and smoothie machines
  • Mixers
  • Paring knives
  • Personal computers
  • Pizza ovens
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Portion scales
  • Rolling pins
  • Serrated blade knives
  • Sifters
  • Slicing machines
  • Soft-serve ice cream machines
  • Steam kettles
  • Steam tables
  • Steamers
  • Strainers
  • Toasters
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Vegetable brushes
  • Vegetable peelers
  • Waffle makers
  • Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro
  • Foodman Home-Delivery
  • Inventory control software
  • Plexis Software Plexis POS
  • Point of sale POS software
  • RestaurantPlus PRO


  • food preparation and serving related


    industry stats

    SOC: 35-0000

    Total Employed: 12,577,080

    Average Annual Salary: $22,850